|Subject:||What free antivirus s/w still only detects? That you have to upgrade to a paid version to get removal?|
|Posted by:||RayLopez99 (raylopez…@gmail.com)|
|Date:||Wed, 9 Oct 2013|
It's been a while since I caught a virus on my system. So for two of my sy=
stems I use freeware (Panda and Avast); the other I use MSFT Security Essen=
tials which is pretty lame but gets 80% of the stuff, which for me is good =
enough since the remaining 20% seems pretty rare these days. I might switc=
h to a better AV program however, but I don't catch many viruses (malware, =
whatever you want to call it) even though I surf a lot.=20
The point of this thread is that I recall years ago a trick, I think Comodo=
did it, and others, is that if their free version catches (detects on your=
HD, not blocks from the web) a virus on your system, a nag screen will com=
e up and say "buy the premium version to remove this malware". I don't thi=
nk this is scareware either, but legitimate software.
I think the free version of Malwarebytes does this still (not sure, I'm usi=
ng their freeware version and it's good for detection but I think to remove=
stuff like tracking cookies and other minor annoyances it asks for you to =
upgrade to the paid version), but free version of Avast! does not do this n=
ow, since already it has blocked and quarantined a false positive (a progra=
m I wrote, but the point being it blocked and quarantined this program and =
did not just detect it and ask for an upgrade to remove it).
Anybody else with freeware know about this policy?