Posts Tagged ‘AVG anti-virus’

@Daily_Express. Combat cyber wars with free computer vaccinations

December 17, 2014

To the EU:
I know all these websites are using cookies and may be spying on me.

All your stupid legislation does is make me waste time acknowledging the fact, every time I switch websites.

You’re not protecting me. You’re just pissing me off.

It’d be more useful if you subsidised Freeware such as CCleaner and told everyone to use it.

Malware Malbytes is good, as are AVG anti-virus and Spybot.

Sponsor CD’s carrying these progs, for same reason some people hand out free condoms and vaccinations.

@amazon I foolishly ordered software through Amazon.

August 23, 2012

I just bought (or thought I had bought, but had only bought 1 million uses, provided I had a facebook account) my wife a computer game, from Amazon.
Bad enough that there was some sort of scammy leasehold condition, which I only found out on loading it.

Actually I didn’t succeed in loading it.
First there was one of those little boxes about a “.dll” file or something similar.

Then the Windows defender took over my screen with warnings about a virus, only to be replaced by my AVG anti-virus with the same warning and an immediate move on-line, without my permission, to try and sell me greater virus protection.

Yeuky enough………….. but, obviously, as it wasn’t going to work, I would have to return it.

Small print on packaging takes me to returns page, “Log in”, “read our returns policy”, (inside leg measurement), go to another site to see how to return goods and print label ( or I could post it myself, to a maximum value of £2 and a bit).
Parcel it up and send it back in good condition with this printout (my printer) inside and this label(my printer) on top.

If Amazon claims they didn’t receive it, they’ll take the money from my account anyway.

Find the nearest pickup point and take the parcel there.

Luckily there is one nearby, the package is light and I’m not housebound (whole point of mail order for many of their customers), as I often was a few years back.
I’d have liked to ask for an apology for nearly infecting my computer but there was no “contact us” email address, so I have to content myself with this means of warning others about buying software from Amazon

advertisers should charge Microsoft. They’ve discovered the real power of advertising.

June 14, 2012

First Hotmail started carrying adverts, which slowed things and offered to be removed in exchange for a subscription service. Fair enough as it’s a good free service but now they’re messing about with computer purchases.

Buy a new computer, now, and it may come with a Microsoft Office lite.

This is a cut-down version of Word and Excel but festooned with adverts.

They are using the aversion of customer’s to advert’s, in order to sell their own products.

This is the True Power of Advertising, because the only way the customer can get rid of it is by deleting This Microsoft Office lite and replacing it with “Open Office”.

But how many new customer’s are confident about deleting this software, which they learned to use in School, or which they use at work (many employer’s set familiarity with this software as a job requirement)?

How many know that Open Office ( exists?

It’s time advertiser’s charge Microsoft, for using their adverts in this way. It’s time computer retailer’s became wise to the selling power of offering free cd versions of Open Office, Scribus, AVG anti-virus etc.

What advantage do retailer’s obtain from advancing Microsoft’s monopoly?

Wouldn’t the giveaway versions of this free software be a greater selling point?

The cost would be minimal and once the masses became aware of these products and felt that others were using them, they might even latch onto alternative platforms, such as Linux.

The dramatically reduced, on-going cost of computing would encourage more people to become purchaser’s of new computer’s and advertiser’s would no longer be used by Microsoft in a negative role.