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Is AVG actually Free?!?

by mgegs / April 19, 2010 3:14 PM PDT

After downloading this "free" version successfully to my PC, I am getting a countdown message saying my "trial" version will expire in XX days.

In visiting the AVG website, I see no "free" downloads, only "trials".

Anybody know the answer to this?


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Re: Is AVG actually Free?!?
by Ondrej_AVG / April 19, 2010 4:23 PM PDT


during AVG installation through AVG Download Manager (available at CNET or http://free.avg.com ) you could choose, if you want AVG Free or AVG Trial (30 days). It looks like you have chosen the AVG Trial version option.

You could use "Downgrade" option as soon as the trial license number expires, or just hit AVG uninstall option in menu Start / Control Panel (this option will be showed as well).

Or completely uninstall AVG Trial and install AVG Free.

Full installation file of AVG Free - direct link http://free.avg.com/download-file-ins-afg-free

Another way how to download the full AVG Free installation file is second option on this AVG website:

Thank you

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This always happens
by warhead1954 / April 28, 2010 6:54 AM PDT

I think it's sharp practice on the part of Avg - they're hoping you'll decide to buy the paid version by hiding the geuinely free version. This has happened to me every time I've tried to istall AVG on my own machines, or friends and relatives' machines and it's really annoying as I end up having to uninstall the trial to install the free version.

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Re: This always happens
by Ondrej_AVG / April 28, 2010 3:40 PM PDT
In reply to: This always happens


please be informed that it is one part of AVG installation through AVG Download Manager to choose, which AVG product do you want to install.

Else you could always use the AVG Free full installation file as described in my previous post, then no possibility to unwillingly install AVG Trial.

Thank you

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AVG free instal
by makita2011 / April 16, 2011 5:58 PM PDT

Yes, I downloaded the 'free version' that has some services disabled. Not the trial version. About 3 weeks later, it tells me the trial version will soon expire. So in uninstal, an option came up to downgrade to free version. I did this, and next day expire notice appears. So, I uninstalled, then reinstalled free version, and for one week, so far, no expire notices. I'll just wait and see. lol

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RE: AVG free instal
by JiriF_AVG AVG Staff / April 17, 2011 5:24 PM PDT
In reply to: AVG free instal

Hello makita2011,
please provide us with a screenshot of the AVG dialogue window displayed and AVG user interface, if you will be informed again about "trial period ending" while AVG Free Edition is installed.
As it is not possible to attach an image to post on this forum, please upload them to your favorite online (image) storage service (ImageShack, Flickr...) and provide us with links to them.
Thank you.

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AVG Free Trial
by makita2011 / April 25, 2011 5:11 PM PDT
In reply to: RE: AVG free instal

Sorry, I can not send u a screen shot of dialogue window. I do not trust or use any online image storage services. SJo far, so good, I reloaded AVG Free and it's been 2 weeks I think. No windows appearing to upgrade or, my free trial version is expiring. think the problem is beat. Thank you for the response. Makita

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