Computer Systems, Service and Repairs

Avoid Avast Premium Trial Version

From time to time Avast will put out an update for their program but when they do so they typically present you with two options.

1. Try their Internet Security product for 20 days but after it expires many pops will start to annoy you.

2. Stay with Basic Protection

The proper choice here even though it is smaller and less prominent choice is to stay with basic protection to continue for free one year of Avast Antivirus so be sure to choose properly.

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Once your free one year is up you can choose to purchase Avast and if it has worked well for you I would recommend you do buy into one of their yearly subscriptions.

 

If you are not currently using Avast and want to give it a try first uninstall your current antivirus then use the link below for my step-by-step installation instructions and the download link.

https://custom-computers.com/avast-antivirus-installation-instructions/

 

 

Revert Expired AVG Trial to Free Version

Avoid The Trial Version

Once in a while AVG will push out an update for their AntiVirus program and when they do you are usually provide with the option to try their Internet Security program for 28 days but once it expires you loose that protection and receive many annoying pop messages so it is best to avoid accepting the trial version all together.

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When you receive a popup of the type shown above be certain to always select the “Basic Protection” option and not the “Internet Security Trial”.

Revert Back to The Free Version

If you have accidentally accepted AVG’s Internet Security trial version and it is now expired there is a simple process to revert back to the free version. Follow the instructions below to do this :

 

  • Open Programs and Features by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button, clicking Control Panel, clicking Programs, and then clicking Programs and Features.

  • Select AVG from the list, and then click on Change. AVG will then provide you with a list of options. Choose to “Downgrade to Free Protection”

 

 

Avoiding or Remove MalwareBytes Trial Version

For all users of MalwareBytes you should be aware of this situation. Of course MalwareBytes offering a free version they do need to get paid somehow so they will try to upsell you in to paying for the Pro version of the program. Let me first say that if it is working well for you and you feel it is worth buying the pro version they please do so as they work hard at keeping up with new viruses and malware which are released 24x7x365.

If you want to keep the free version then be sure to follow the below instructions. Once in a while MalwareBytes will put an update to their program out and upon doing your normal update it pops up and says “The latest version of MalwareBytes has been downloaded.” and yes you want to update your program but you need to pay special attention to be sure that during the install process of the update you un-check the box that offers a free trial version of MalwareBytes Premium. If you do not un-check this box it will automatically install the trial version then after a set amount of days the trial will expire and you will then get messages constantly about it being expired so be sure to un-check the box when you get to the screen with the “FINISH” button as pictured below.

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You’re installing Trial not the free version

One caveat here for the user is: if he download and installs free version, then actually Trial will install unless he observe and unchecks ‘Enable free trial of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Premium’ during installation.

Note: When the evaluation period was over, you’ll  get a popup or notification conveying message ‘Trial expired, You are no longer protected because Malwarebytes Anti-Malware free Trial has expired’, you’ll be presented with options to ‘End Trial’ and ‘Buy Premium’ (check the screenshot below), then click on the former one.

Downgrading or reverting to Malwarebytes Free from Trial

If you’ve noticed you’ve installed the trial and want to get back to free one without uninstalling, here is how that can be simply done.

  • Open Malwarebytes, and on the Dashboard, click on ‘End Free Trial’ link which, then will be instantly converted to the free version.

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Malware Tip Of The Day – Safe Downloads

Malware Tip Of The Day ! July 2nd, 2014

Tip : Be CERTAIN to download programs from the maker of the program itself for three reasons…

1. Too many third party download websites are plastered with banner ads that try to trick you into downloading something else
2. They attach unwanted programs to the download itself.
3. You download the program from a website designed to provide you with Malware. The bad guys aim to be the first item in the search results when you search for popular programs.

Example : If you are looking to download Picasa to mange your photos, first find out who makes the program. In this case Google makes the program Picasa so only download the program directly from Google themselves.

Purpose: This will help keep your computer free of unwanted and dangerous applications. We all have seen it happen. You go to download a program and without paying close attention the next thing you know there are five other programs on your computer you did not want and have no idea if they are good or bad or what they are even doing there.

Malware Tip Of The Day – You are the Answer

Malware Tip Of The Day ! July 3rd, 2014

The single biggest factor in preventing a malware infection on your PC is you. You don’t need expert knowledge or special training. You just need vigilance to avoid downloading and installing anything you do not understand or trust, no matter how tempting, from the following sources:

From a website:

The internet is a dangerous place so try to stay away from sites offering commercial software serial numbers, keygens or other hacked material.

Download programs only from reputable websites that have confirmed the software is malware free.If you are unsure, leave the site and research the software you are being asked to install. If it is OK, you can always come back to site and install it. If it is not OK, you will avoid a malware headache.

From e-mail:

If you’re not familiar with the sender, do not open, download, or execute any files or email attachments. Some viruses replicate themselves and spread via email. Stay on the safe side and confirm that the attachment was sent from a trusted source before you open it.

From physical media:

Your friends, family, and associates may unknowingly give you a disc or flash drive with an infected file on it. Don’t blindly accept these files; scan them with security software. If you are still unsure, do not accept the files.

From a pop-up window:

Some pop-up windows or boxes will attempt to corner you into downloading software or accepting a free “system scan” of some type. Often these pop-ups will employ scare tactics to make you believe you need what they are offering in order to be safe. Close the pop-up without clicking anything inside it (including the X in the corner). Close the window via Windows Task Manager (press Ctrl-Alt-Delete).

From another piece of software:

Often, a software installer includes optional installs, such as a toolbar or other programs. Be very careful what you agree to install. Always opt for the custom installation and deselect anything that is not familiar, especially optional software that you never wanted to download and install in the first place. It goes without saying that you should not install software that you don’t trust.

From illegal file-sharing services:

You’re on your own if you enter this realm. There is little quality control in the world of illegal software, and it is easy for an attacker to name a piece of malware after a popular movie, album, or program to tempt you into downloading it.

Please help everyone and share this with your friends by posting it on your timeline…

Malware Tip Of The Day – Website Popup Alerts

Website Popup Alerts – Web Popup alerts falsely tell the user that their machine is infected with a virus or has some other problem that needs to be fixed. The user will click on the alert and either be asked to install the software (really malware in disguise) that is purported to fix the problem or a “drive-by” download will be initiated.Do not click or engage with the popup window. In the example attached, do not click on the “Pause” or “Stop” buttons.
Close the window by either closing the browser completely or through the (x) in the upper right corner of the window.
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Malware Tip Of The Day – Media Players

Malware Tip Of The Day ! July 9, 2014

Media Players – A popular source of malware is a website media player download. When a user wants to play a video, the website will ask to install a video codec, convince you your player needs updating or some other required software. When the user installs the application, the malware is also installed and the video may or may not play.

No matter how enticing the video, only install media player software from trusted websites such as Apple.com, Microsoft.com, and Adobe.com, winamp.com, videolan.org