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Banish Those Missing .NET Framework Errors Forever 4 years 6 months ago greyman

I agree with what BobF was saying. You never know when some program you wish to run will need .Net Framework #? My machine, and some of its predecessors from which I have upgraded, have been piling them uup for years, like a person who hordes newspapers. I used to build webs, with Microsoft programs and utilities, and .Net is the backbone of those programs, going way back. I am not sure whether MS occasionally removes one when implementing another for the same type of work. probably just as well to leave them. If it works...etc. I just love (mostly Free) utilities that clean unneeded junk off my machines. One of the reasons I originally became addicted to Gizmo's. Windows Secrets.. So much less cool than "BriansBuzz" lol. fairly good forum going there on Windows 10, now. Thanks for the input, everyone. Probably stopped me from doing something really OCD. (( - :

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Banish Those Missing .NET Framework Errors Forever 4 years 6 months ago herbc

I would love to have a program that did that as well greyman .

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Banish Those Missing .NET Framework Errors Forever 4 years 6 months ago herbc

Is Microsoft Visual C the same as net framework ? There seems to be a lot of those on my computer.

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Banish Those Missing .NET Framework Errors Forever 4 years 6 months ago greyman

But that it could be so! lol (( - :

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Banish Those Missing .NET Framework Errors Forever 4 years 5 months ago Mighty

The C Runtime Libraries that you see many programs install perform a similar function to the .Net framework. They are a collection of functions that many C programs routinely use. They are distributed as .DLL files, so that, technically, they could be shared by several programs written in C by different developers.

But, the Microsoft developers didn't think ahead enough when they set this up. They did not change the name of the .DLL from one version to the next. So, when Developer A released their program, they assumed a particular version of the DLL was installed on the user's computer. That was fine. Until six months later, when the user installs Developer B's program, which installs a newer version of the DLL over top of the one being used by Developer A. Ideally, that shouldn't be a problem. But, in real life, it wasn't uncommon for the new version to break Developer A's program. And, maybe Developer B's program won't work with the older version of the DLL.

So, what the developers quickly learned they needed to do was install their own copy of the runtime libraries with their programs. That defeated the purpose of saving space by reusing those libraries. But, as hard drives have grown, that's really not a concern. Several copies of the libraries are trivial in size, by today's standards.

So, I assume the plethora of .Net versions grew out of the experience gained from dealing with the C Runtime Libraries.

In addition to the runtime libraries, C programs might also use one of the .Net frameworks to perform some functions. They are not mutually exclusive. The C Runtime Libraries tend to be lower-level calls, like how to read from a hard disk, get the date from the OS, etc. .Net has those, plus a boatload of more baroque functions.

For example, the C runtime libraries will help the developer read data from an image file. But, it's up to the developer to decode the format and build the image in memory. Whereas .Net has functions that read any of multiple different image file formats and build up the in-memory copy of the file in a single call. .Net can makes some things easier. But, there are special cases where a developer might want to get at the raw data himself. So, neither is "better."

Drake Christensen

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Backup Maker 5 months 3 weeks ago AJNorth

BackUp Maker has been updated on 29 APR 2020 to version 7.5.0.1

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Backup Maker 2 weeks 1 day ago Tomnov

"Free" for non-commercial usage, yet obtrusive nag popups obscure the screen and whatever you are doing every time a scheduled backup occurs, reminding you that business useage is prohibited and offering to stop the popups by paying their fee for business usage.
That, plus when saving versions of files, the only option is to archive them into an individually named timestamped zip file folder, with the hierarchy of the files saved, also in individualized zip folders, making it very tedious if you have to locate one of the prior file versions.
The wizard interface is also very non-intuitive.

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Background Eraser 3 years 9 months ago papavonschoen

(Commercial content removed as per site rules) Both programs will let you remove backgrounds and use layers. It would be nice to have a desktop program, for Windows, to make this easier. Rarely do I edit my photos on my phone or camera. They get transferred to the computer, edited and placed back on my mobile device.

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Back Up Your Google Tasks To Your PC With This Free Service 2 years 6 days ago Madisonwill

Some tools are available in the market, you can search through google or I will recommend softaken google app backup tool, this software will help you to convent emails from google apps to PST file format. Go ahead and download the software.

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Back Up Gmail to Your PC for Free 1 year 2 months ago scribbler

Thanks for this..a very handy tool to have. One thing though..it says here up to 5 GB on the free plan, but on their site, it says you only get 3 GB..thought it worth mentioning.

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Back Up Gmail to Your PC for Free 1 year 2 months ago rhiannon

I'm glad you like it, I like to keep data locally on more than one media.

Thanks for the heads up, I got the 5 GB somewhere on their site and didn't see the different number right in front of my face. It's been one of those weeks.

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Back Up Gmail to Your PC for Free 1 year 2 months ago tarachos

Thanks for this, I've been looking for a tool that does this. And BTW I had no problem with 3 or 5 GB: I downloaded 10 GB of emails with no problems (except the time it took!).

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Back Up Gmail to Your PC for Free 1 year 2 months ago rhiannon

You're welcome, and thanks for the heads up on larger data download. :)

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Back Up Gmail to Your PC for Free 1 year 2 months ago rhiannon

Mailstore is a great program, it's been featured on the site - it's quite popular. :)

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Back Up Gmail to Your PC for Free 8 months 1 week ago docarbe

I've been using the Upsafe Gmail Backup Software on my home PC to backup my Gmail and this worked well until recently. I had problems with this software backing up my gmail account. So I logged off from the Upsafe software and reinstalled. When I restarted the app and selected, "Sign in with Google" and I enter my account details, I get the following message from Google via the Upsafe app - "This browser or app may not be secure. Learn more. Try using a different browser. If you’re already using a supported browser, you can refresh your screen and try again to sign in." Has anyone else experienced this problem and identified a solution? Thanks in advance. Steve

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Back Up Gmail to Your PC for Free 8 months 1 week ago tarachos

I received a notification from Google yesterday that they would no longer allow Upsafe to access my Gmail.

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Back Up Gmail to Your PC for Free 8 months 1 week ago rhiannon

I would contact Upsafe, I can't find anything definitive right now about the issue. They have chat and a support page on their site.

I'm assuming you've enabled the allow less secure apps setting in your google account.

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AxCrypt. It's Good And Bad News. 6 years 4 months ago David Roper

Alas, someone made a good program and crapped on it with OpenCandy.

Maybe one day authors will stop all this sneaky stuff and produce good stuff like PCFile and PC Write. If it's good, people will register...eventually.

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AxCrypt. It's Good And Bad News. 6 years 4 months ago EldonW

I have just downloaded the free VSEncryptor from LOKIBIT. The file is 2.24 MB (2.7 MB for Windows 64-bit) and it's clean according to avast! AntiVirus and Malwarebytes Anti-Malware. It can encrypt text and files and supports 21(!) encryption algorithms. It's worth a try.
http://lokibit.com/products.htm#vsencryptor

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AxCrypt. It's Good And Bad News. 6 years 4 months ago drh2020

I am pretty sure you can do a custom install and omit open candy.

References:

"For those of you who want to remove OpenCandy: Extract the Axcrypt Installer with OpenCandy Offer using 7-Zip. Open the folder and delete $PLUGINSDIR. This should remove the OpenCandy junk from the installer."
- found on: http://sourceforge.net/projects/axcrypt/reviews

Also, check this out:
http://www.axantum.com/axcrypt/freeware.html

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AxCrypt. It's Good And Bad News. 6 years 4 months ago Jojo Yee For those who're interested in getting a full setup with no OpenCandy, open the Windows Command Prompt from the folder containing the setup file and run it with a /nocandy switch, e.g. AxCrypt-1.7.3156.0-Setup.exe /nocandy It works like a charm for me. To open the Windows Command Prompt from the folder containing the setup file, see this tip. view
AxCrypt. It's Good And Bad News. 6 years 4 months ago WillSee

I followed the link from drh2020 (http://www.axantum.com/axcrypt/freeware.html). The author is very clear about what he is doing and why, he's not trying to sneak anything past the user.

He also provides a clear explanation of how to install the program without the additional "features" (by explaining a command line install, or for those who don't know what that means he explains what to do to decline them)

There's even the option to download an "uncontaminated" version, but that does require a free registration -- with a working email address

I'd say on balance this is acceptable. He is open and clear on how gets some income to make a free program I want to use, and allows me to opt out if I wish.

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AxCrypt. It's Good And Bad News. 6 years 4 months ago SwanKnight (not verified)

You make it sound like OpenCandy is some sort of malware, it is not. It's adware, and last time I checked it's completely optional.

It's not unreasonable for developers to try earn some money by including something like OpenCandy which is as far as I can tell is completely harmless. If you don't like the included application(s), then choose not to install them, it's as simple as that.

I'm really getting tired of people whining about OpenCandy.

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AxCrypt. It's Good And Bad News. 6 years 4 months ago David Roper

It would be interesting to see how successful a website would be if they offered only CANDYWARE programs. Just Sayin' YMMV

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AxCrypt. It's Good And Bad News. 6 years 4 months ago Geert

>> For this reason alone, I can't recommend that you use the standard, installable version of AxCrypt.
Thanks for at least sharing this great working freeware with us!
I hope the fact that a freeware program includes OpenCandy will NEVER be a reason not to even mention it here!
For me, OpenCandy is no issue given it is dead simple to workaround/opt out.
Just use your brains and read the text of the different installation windows carefully when you install ANYTHING.

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AxCrypt. It's Good And Bad News. 6 years 4 months ago crosseyedlemon

The staff at Gizmo's attempts to be thorough when providing product reviews so let's applaud the effort and not complain when they mention items such as Open Candy. I use a program called "Unchecky" http://unchecky.com/ which runs in the background to deal with this type of garbage.

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AxCrypt. It's Good And Bad News. 6 years 4 months ago ChronicChaos

Rob, give this a try....place several files inside a single folder. Now encrypt that folder. All files in that folder should be encrypted. At least it works for me. I also installed the non-OpenCandy version simply by registering for free with a throw-away email address. You actually gave a great write up of AxCrypt compared to TrueCrypt a couple years ago here at Gizmos.

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AxCrypt. It's Good And Bad News. 6 years 4 months ago SwanKnight (not verified)

I'm afraid I've noticed a certain degree of bias against OpenCandy on several occasions from some Gizmo's staff/users, so how can I not complain when they demonize "OpenCandy" and use terms such as "OpenCandy-infected".

Also, the author goes as far was stating that he cannot recommend the installable version just because it comes with OpenCandy? That's not fair in my opinion.

OpenCandy is not malware and I've never faced any problems with it, I always just unchecked it and installed the application normally.

There are far worse adwares out there, some cleverly hidden that the user could miss it and other don't even give you a choice.

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AxCrypt. It's Good And Bad News. 6 years 4 months ago Geert

I tend to agree with that...

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AxCrypt. It's Good And Bad News. 6 years 4 months ago drh2020

I second that.
Rather than call Open Candy "malware", it should be classified as a "PUP", or "Potentially Unwanted Program", as some anti-virus/anti-spyware programs typically will do.

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AxCrypt. It's Good And Bad News. 6 years 4 months ago Yankiwi

I have used AxCrypt for some time now and have nothing but good things to report about it. It is excellent software, is dead simple to use, and does what it says it will do. When I had a question about something, I emailed the developer and got a prompt and informative answer.

As to OpenCandy (OC), it is of course appropriate for Gizmo's to note in any review that OC will appear during the installation process and to inform potentially unaware readers as to what OC is and how to avoid installing something they may not want. However, the AxCrypt developer is very open and honest about why he includes OC and provides clear and easy instructions for installing AxCrypt without OC.

By way of comparison, look at how Adobe tries to trick the unaware into installing McAfee Security Scan Plus during Adobe Flash Player updates. Is the Adobe update process "McAfee-infected?"

Instead of calling any program "OpenCandy-infected," it might be better if Gizmo's were to have a standard advisory note which could be inserted into the review of any software which contains OC. That brief note could then refer those readers who are unfamiliar with OC to a Gizmo's reference page which explains OC in more detail and explains how to avoid installing OC software if you don't want it.

I really appreciate all the hard work that Rob and the other Gizmo's reviewers put into researching and presenting free software choices, and I highly value the reviews in Gizmo's, but I have to say that using the term "OpenCandy-infected" for AxCrypt is unfair and unjustly maligns an elegantly simple and useful program which is well-designed, safe to install, and works well. Based on my personal experience, I recommend AxCrypt highly.

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AxCrypt. It's Good And Bad News. 6 years 4 months ago Yankiwi

Just FYI, when I hover my mouse over the link for http://unchecky.com, I get a yellow WOT warning. Caveat emptor.

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AxCrypt. It's Good And Bad News. 6 years 4 months ago BEBOP0389

Many of these comments leave me to believe that a lot of people think Open Candy is optional. In my experience it isn't.

I recently installed IMGBurn. I did not select any optional software during the install process, and yet Malwarebytes detected Open Candy on my fresh OS install.

This constitutes an unwanted intrusion IMO. I was lead to believe I was installing IMGBurn and nothing else, and yet that crap was installed too. The sooner the majority labels it as unacceptable, the sooner devs stop including it in their installers.

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AxCrypt. It's Good And Bad News. 6 years 4 months ago Geert

>> I did not select any optional software during the install process
Afaik, with OpenCandy, you should UNselect any optional software

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AxCrypt. It's Good And Bad News. 6 years 4 months ago Jojo Yee Welcome your kind comments Yankiwi. The Gizmo's Freeware Policy on OpenCandy is available from this page Controversial Advertising Program Now Being Embedded in More Software. view
AxCrypt. It's Good And Bad News. 6 years 4 months ago MidnightCowboy We have also tried to expand on this with some practical advice in this article. MC - Site Manager. http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/what-else-have-you-just-download... view
AxCrypt. It's Good And Bad News. 6 years 4 months ago sicknero

What happens with an installer that includes Open Candy is that when the installation runs, a dll file is executed, usually "OCSetupHlp.dll" in my experience and it is this that MBAM and some other anti-malwares will detect as a PUP. Also most third-party firewalls will pick it up if configured to make executables ask before connecting to the internet.

The dll file is extracted to, and run from, the system temp directory and connects to the internet to show you the various bundled offers. If you decline all the extras then the dll is deleted after the installer finishes and nothing is left on your system except the program you wanted.

You can read about this in more detail on the OpenCandy website and observe the process for yourself with basic system monitoring freeware and/or a sandbox/virtualised OS.

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AxCrypt. It's Good And Bad News. 6 years 3 months ago crosseyedlemon

That's interesting because both WOT and my Avast Online Security plugin are green and indicate no risk for the Unchecky site. The program has worked well for me with no problems.

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AxCrypt. It's Good And Bad News. 6 years 3 months ago leibnitz

I agree with most commenters here: calling Axcrypt "OpenCandy-infected" is unfair, just like calling Gizmo "Adwords-infected".

With the slight difference that opting out of OpenCandy in AxCrypt (or not installing from the beginning) is so easy that I'm surprised the author of this article was not able to do it, while opting out from Google Retargeting is a bit more complex. Furthermore, I've not seen any "Warning, you'll be tracked by BigG because we earn money on you via AW" when opening this page, so just to apply your line of reasoning you didn't give the option to opt-out, while AxCrypt does. :-)

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AxCrypt. It's Good And Bad News. 6 years 3 months ago godzonekid

"For me, OpenCandy is no issue given it is dead simple to workaround/opt out."

Yeah, but for how long... THAT is the question. I've had open candy sneak on my machine due to the opt out box being out of view... yeah, that is sneaky.

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AxCrypt. It's Good And Bad News. 6 years 3 months ago mouse53

Any type of adware, Is malware. Developers need to stop including this kind of garbage in their software. It is not needed nor wanted. Gizmos provides a great service and is trying to protect us from the junk. You guys need to stop bashing the staff at Gizmos, they are only trying to help us and many people don't want to go through all the garbage to install something. It should be a straight forward install, not use the Command promp, not opening the file to pick out the adware exe, or anything of that sort. They, ( Devs ) shouldn't be so hungry they resort to adding crap in their programs just to make a buck.

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AxCrypt. It's Good And Bad News. 6 years 3 months ago SkuterB

I'll second that mouse53, with 1 clarification, I do understand that freeware creators need, want or hope to make money on their software and I will help them when I can.

It always seemed simple to me, IF an adware or toolbar developer is truly proud of their software, all they have to do is add a little blurb during the freeware installation telling you it is available and what it does and then have an UNchecked box where I can opt-in if I am interested.
Having a hidden or difficult to find box that is already checked and I HAVE to opt-out to avoid is underhanded no matter how you look at it.
IMHO That includes Adobe w/McAfee.

I also appreciate Gizmos giving me a heads-up when a program is infected with un-necessary and probably unwanted add-ons.

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AxCrypt. It's Good And Bad News. 6 years 3 months ago David Roper

I thought Rob down under, and several of us a few months ago starting calling it Crapware. There's Shareware, Freeware, Public Domain, Commercial or Boxware, and Crapware.

There's nothing wrong with a developer offering it as Shareware with a time bomb in it after 90 days from Installing. Jim Button made a good living with PCFile.

Crapware will never succeed anywhere.

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AxCrypt. It's Good And Bad News. 6 years 3 months ago hasi64

There is another alternative to Truecrypt. Its called Veracrypt and is based on Truecrypt. Major advantage: It adds enhanced security to the algorithms used for system and partitions encryption making it immune to new developments in brute-force attacks. The container format is not compatible to truecrypt.
Website: http://veracrypt.sourceforge.net/

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AxCrypt. It's Good And Bad News. 6 years 3 months ago verlando

I've had my own experiences with OC and I think much depends on where you download it from. I've downloaded AxCrypt from sourceforge.net and not had a problem with it wanting to install other crap. I've used it for quite a while and like it very much and my scanners haven't picked up any issues with it (one of which is Malwarebytes as mentioned). That said, I suspect if a person downloaded it from cnet, through yahoo, etc - they'd probably pick up the crap mentioned by others here during the install.

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AxCrypt. It's Good And Bad News. 4 years 7 months ago flugenblar

WAIT! The solution to the OpenCandy issue is simple. Download the .exe. Open the file with 7-zip. Just extract the .msi file - none of the other files. MSI is Microsoft's built-in package installer technology. Right click on the .msi, chose Install, and you're fine. You will not be prompted for the optional installs like OpenCandy, because they are not in the .msi package. The are embedded in the setup.exe (archive) separately. Upload the .msi to VirusTotal and see for yourself. you do not need to run the setup.exe to install AxCrypt. Just use the .msi.

BTW, AxCrypt is awesome. And you can encrypt many files or even a folder all at once.

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AVG Free Antivirus Gets A Smart New Look 2 years 9 months ago phoneguy

It would be good to note the comments at tomsguide.com on antivirus about the merger of AVG and Avast and the differences now between the two. It appears that Avast might be the better choice given recent developments. Please correct me if I am in error.

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AVG Free Antivirus Gets A Smart New Look 2 years 9 months ago jmjsquared

FYI - the offline "Avast! Free" installer can be found here: https://support.avast.com/en-ww/article/Install-Free-Antivirus

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AVG Free Antivirus Gets A Smart New Look 2 years 9 months ago eikelein

I am shocked - but bot surprised. How so?

Three to five AVG modules are recognized as PuPs and removed by every better clean-up program I know and regularly use. Just yesterday I delivered an originally badly messed up computer back to a customer and showed the log files of above mentioned clean-up programs to the lady. AVG were numerically among the most numerous things that showed up. And that machine is no exception.

And to name names here: The clean-up programs I refer to are JRT, Adw-Cleaner and Malwarebytes Free.

I really take issue with even still writing about AVG - and then in a place like Gizmo's Freeware that so many people have over years learned to trust.

Anybody else sensing the slippery (down-)slope ahead?

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AVG Free Antivirus Gets A Smart New Look 2 years 9 months ago MidnightCowboy This applies to much of the other software listed here which either `offers` potentially unwanted programs during the install process directly, or via the third party download hosting site. Whenever we are aware of this an installer warning is included in the product details of full reviews. MC - Site Manager. view
AVG Free Antivirus Gets A Smart New Look 2 years 9 months ago jmjsquared

I'll say what Rob and MC are too busy or too polite to say. YOU are wrong --loudly and undeservedly offensively wrong.

First, "Potentially Unwanted Programs" MAY BE just that, "potentially unwanted". Some 'security' programs flag other programs -- security-related and otherwise-- that THEY have unilaterally determined to be "potentially unwanted" only to alert the user who, then, can make his/her own decision whether the subject is "wanted" or not. For example, the Chrome browser extension offered with Avast!'s and AVG's installers IS WANTED by many users while NOT WANTED by others and, in any event, is prominently identified as "optional" by those installers. The user can choose for him/herSELF.

Second, One of your so-called "better clean-up program[s]", namely Malwarebytes (MWB), recently, itself, has become a "potentially unwanted program" that flags so very many useful, legitimate programs as PUPs or, even as malware, that I no longer treat its findings as reliable on-their-face. It appears that MWB intentionally flags competitors' products as PUPs or malware in an insidious marketing ploy to disadvantage them. And, to add insult to injury, since going commercial, MWB has gotten so much heavier-and-heavier on system resources that I, a life-time multiple-licensee, disable it except for the periodic scan whose results I have to go through with a fine-toothed comb.

In short, no one security program is better than all others in every instance and, therefore, should not be used as THE benchmark in always assessing all others.

Finally, to answer your polemical question: No, I do not sense any slippery, downward slope here at GIZMO's Place. I suspect almost no other fair-minded, well-informed and truly experienced computer user who finds his/her way here does either. Your assertion otherwise is just another one of those Probably Unwarranted Opinions littering the Internet.

Happy New Year, anyway.

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AVG Free Antivirus Gets A Smart New Look 2 years 9 months ago terrawarra

Thanks rob,
It's been a few years since I last used AVG as my default anti virus.
For the past few years, I've been using Qihoo 360 and although it's quite good, I do get the odd false positive which is frustrating.
After reading your views on AVG rob,
I'm going to divorce Qihoo 360 and hop into bed with AVG for a fling..... yep, it's time for a change.
As for AVG being flagged as a nasty...... you don't get to stay in business for more than ten years as they have, if it's not good.

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Avast Free Antivirus 2016 Edition 4 years 8 months ago Phylis Sophical

Been using Avast for several years and I'm really happy with it. Particularly the Root kit scanner. Downside is more and more pop ups.

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Avast Free Antivirus 2016 Edition 4 years 8 months ago terrawarra

Yes, I agree that Avast is a nice piece of free anti virus......... but, the constant pop-ups forced me to get rid of it last year.
I now use "360 security"...... it's free, it works well and definitely not intrusive, ie. no pop-ups and no adds. https://www.360totalsecurity.com/en/

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Avast Free Antivirus 2016 Edition 4 years 8 months ago Anupam Avast has been my antivirus for years now, and I am perfectly happy with it. It's light on the system despite having several features. I also like its shields, and its web shield particularly keeps me secure. I don't mind the occasional pop-ups. For such an excellent product for free, I can tolerate a few pop-ups. view
Avast Free Antivirus 2016 Edition 4 years 8 months ago crosseyedlemon

If your going to recommend products from both Sophos and Avast Rob, I think you should provide the pros and cons comparison that we generally get for software that falls into the same category. It's the ability of Gizmos to assist users in sorting out similar products that really sets it apart from other freeware sites.

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Avast Free Antivirus 2016 Edition 4 years 8 months ago George.J

This will be done soon at Best Free Antivirus Software in the next major update. 

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Avast Free Antivirus 2016 Edition 4 years 8 months ago snowbound999

Personally I removed Avast free from a friend's machine it was causing issues with their back up software even after adding these to Avast whitelist.

I have also lost count on how many untech end users have been fooled by its constant pop up asking you to buy it. They purchase the software while they could of been served just fine with the free version.

I also dont like the kitchen sink approach that the software has taken into adding tweaking software etc to the app. Stick with being an anti-virus software!

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