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Old 02. Jan 2010, 08:19 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I was in on the drama with Iobit a few months ago, but overall is their software safe to use?

ASC & 360 seem to be decent enough software. I don't care about stolen signatures.

Heck, every movie or pop single steals from something before.

Just to not too smart one's get caught.
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Old 02. Jan 2010, 08:51 AM   #2 (permalink)
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You can read threads about IObit on our forum, and make up your own mind.

We on TSA however, do not recommend IObit products. The reasons you will find on the threads. For us, this issue ends here.

Until IObit prove themselves innocent(which I doubt), we can't recommend their products based on ethical and moral grounds.
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Old 02. Jan 2010, 09:50 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I don't care about stolen signatures.
You'd care right enough if someone came into your house and took all of the things which were important to you. Theft is theft, end of story. It's not up to us here to stand in judgment over anyone but having elected to live in the society which we all helped to create then it's also our responsibility to abide by it's laws, and not use someone else's actions as an excuse for our own.

The chance to change all of this comes at election time. Maybe someone would like to advocate the inception of a Pirate's Political Party (or PPP ).
We could all relocate to Somalia and kick it off from there
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Old 02. Jan 2010, 01:19 PM   #4 (permalink)
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You can try and justify the way IObit go about their business but you won't get many people to agree with you. If people use a movie script or pop song that was written by someone else then they have to ask permission from the writer or whoever owns the copyright for the material if they can use it, and if they get permission then they have to pay a fee in royalties or whatever.

Anyone can take an idea and make it better, that's life. But to take someone elses work and pass it off as your own, without permission, is wrong and if that happened to you then I can guarantee (from personal experience) that you would be extremely angry. I could go on but it's covering old ground so I'll leave it at that.

As for IOBit's software, I have a license for 360 Pro which was obtained from an offer here at Gizmo's some time back. I won't lie here, at first I thought it was a good program, in fact I'll go so far as to say that it was a good program, but now it's not. It is nowhere near as effective as it was, and for obvious reasons.

I have used ASC3 in the past, both the free and Pro versions. I never had an issue with the free version, it seemed to work well enough and caused no problems to my machine so at the time I was happy to use it. The Pro version of ASC3 had me a little concerned,
though. The thing that niggled at me about it was the amount of registry errors that it kept finding, often into the hundreds, so I stopped using it because I believed it to be too aggresive in that department... (personal opinion)

I no longer have IOBit software installed, the reason for that is that I just don't trust it, or the company anymore. There are plenty of good alternatives around if you look for them, although I'll be honest again and say that I did like using SmartDefrag because it did a good job.

You can live without IOBit, but you shouldn't live your life without morals. That's not to sound condescending, people do as they wish. But in the case of IOBit, for me, there is no grey area. You said that only the "not too smart ones get caught", maybe there's answer to your question about IOBit in there somewhere.

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Old 02. Jan 2010, 05:54 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I was in on the drama with Iobit a few months ago, but overall is their software safe to use?

I don't care about stolen signatures.
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With that moral, shouldn't you just go and use torrent to download something more efficient?
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IMO, I would say that using IOBIT products (in particular 360) is similar to hiring a thief to guard your house for you while you are away on vacation. It really doesn't make much sense does it? A lot of people say "well security companies have been trading signatures and using each others engines for years". That isn't quite the same now is it? Some companies will pay for a license to another companies engine and they also have been known to pay for signatures to help get their product off the ground, and trading sigs is a mutual benefit. Or someone who helped build an engine at one company goes to a different company and uses similar techniques. There is a difference between the two. If you don't care whether the signatures in your security app are stolen or not, well then just think about it for a minute. That just doesn't make much sense does it?
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Before you jump my bones...no I don't use iobit. Got rid of it as most have. Strange that CNET editors give it a 5 Star rating. http://download.cnet.com/windows/sec...html?tag=mncol
Aside from the editors note at the bottom of their review....they still give it 5 stars. Any thoughts ?
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Before you jump my bones...no I don't use iobit. Got rid of it as most have. Strange that CNET editors give it a 5 Star rating. http://download.cnet.com/windows/sec...html?tag=mncol
Aside from the editors note at the bottom of their review....they still give it 5 stars. Any thoughts ?
Regardless of CNET editors' reasoning or purpose for their reviews, they are just opinions and more than likely biased opinions at that. Personally I don't put much stock into their opinions/reviews. CNET is owned by the media giant CBS. I definitely would not take any kind of stock in opinions, reviews, polls, etc. from any organization that is associated with a media company.
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I don't care about stolen signatures.

Heck, every movie or pop single steals from something before.

Just to not too smart one's get caught.
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With that moral, shouldn't you just go and use torrent to download something more efficient?
I have to agree with ako here. Why settle for freeware if stealing is okay? Might as well get cracked pro/paid-warez which will perform even better.
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Old 08. Apr 2010, 12:01 AM   #10 (permalink)
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Did you know that Iobit, Dvdfast, winxdvd, sogsoft, and evonsoft are all the same company? They are all Iobit. Reminds you of a criminal with multiple alias. Three of the sites basically offer the same DVD Backup Software. I wonder why the need to copy their own software? Evonsoft does not have a working email address and if you email them, it bounces back like a bad check. There is no way of contacting them. Advanced Spyware Remover is now a copy of Iobit Security 360 with lesser features. They use it as a way to upsell you to the paid version. Also on Evonsoft.com is a program called Crap Cleaner. Does that name sound familar? Do you think they came up with that name on their own or perhaps borrowed it from someone else? Iobit has a history of posting false reviews and logos of companies without permission their website. I would be highly suspicious of anything coming from Iobit.

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