AVG at it again

I wrote back in 2006 about AVG’s crafty tactics to get you to part with money you didn’t need to part with and it now seems they are at it again.

Last night I logged into my Windows box and was greeted with a pop up from AVG saying that version 8.0 is now available. I know this to be true because I recently grabbed a copy from their website to install on my new laptop (which I have yet to write about here). The thing is though, if you clicked any of the links in the pop up, you landed yourself directly at a check out to buy the full version 8.0 security suite. There was no link to the free version anywhere, unlike the last debacle where it was merely hidden in a next to impossible to find location.

In the end the only way I could find a link to the free version was to actually go directly to free.grisoft.com and click on a series of links there. It simply wasn’t possible to get at it through their pop up reminder or the resultant pages. Now obviously I understand that they need to make money, but they do that through their corporate sales and other such deals. Surely they don’t need to be so under-hand as to dupe home users who are legally using the free version into buying the next version “in order to stay protected”, when there does in fact exist a free next version which will do just the same? If they really are losing money then they should stop releasing the free version altogether.

Whats to bet that customers who are duped into paying for the next version then later realising that they could have got it for free won’t be given refunds? Its simply not good enough.

   

3 Comments

  1. Chris Worfolk Said,

    May 12, 2008 @ 2:56 pm

    Absolutely. I’m tired of AVG, I’ve now uninstalled and replaced it on my laptop and my desktop will follow shortly.

  2. Kieran Said,

    May 12, 2008 @ 4:12 pm

    What did you switch to?

  3. Chris Worfolk Said,

    May 13, 2008 @ 4:50 pm

    Trend Micro’s latest security suite.

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