Software sales disguised as "updates"

  Coeur de Lion 17:04 12 Aug 2006

PC Advisor makes a big noise about its consumer protection efforts.

Why then are you participating in a marketing campaign that disguises itself as a quasi-official Windows "update"?

My email from you today says:

"The following update is available for your computer........

612082: PC Performance Update for Windows"

In fact this is a sales campaign where every link on the page leads to a sale pitch for PC Booster.

I am more than a little surprised, very disappointed and disillusioned at your hypocrisy. If you have any integrity you should immediately publish a prominent correction both on the website, in the magazine and by email to every member, correcting the false impression you have made.

  Forum Editor 17:19 12 Aug 2006

Come down off that high horse for a second would you - and send me a copy of that email?

If I find that a prominent correction is necessary I'll let you have one, but send me that email please.

send to: [email protected]

  Colin 17:20 12 Aug 2006

Jumping to conclusions is good exercise!

  Coeur de Lion 17:36 12 Aug 2006

From: Richard Coeur de Lion
To: [email protected]
Sent: Saturday, August 12, 2006 5:33 PM
Subject: Me on my "high horse" - - - - Fw: Give your PC a boost in 2 minutes


It's a bit rich to tell me I'm on my "high horse"!

Aren't I as a member and subscriber entitled to object when cheap and deceptive sales tactics are used towards me - particularly when they are in the context of a magazine that presumably you want me to trust as providing independent and accurate information?

If this is a "high horse" then I 'm staying here, firmly planted in the saddle. I rather expected support from from a gentleman of the press about this. Being vigilant and on our guard, not taking things at face value, is the sort of thing you're always encouraging us to do!!!!

I really do think, most respectfully, eminent Sir, that a correction/clarification is in order.

Richard CDL

----- Original Message -----
From: PC Advisor
To: Subscriber
Sent: Saturday, August 12, 2006 3:34 PM
Subject: Give your PC a boost in 2 minutes

  Jimmy14 17:50 12 Aug 2006

why not just go into your account and unsubscribe to the specific newsletters or updates?

  jimmybond 18:20 12 Aug 2006

coeur de lion....most respectfully, eminent sir ;-) i like it!
are you a toff, by any chance ;-))

joking bud ;-)

  Forum Editor 18:38 12 Aug 2006

it's not necessary, and merely validates my 'high horse' comment.

It's now 18.37 by my computer clock, and the email you said you sent at 5:33 hasn't materialised.

I'm waiting.

  Coeur de Lion 18:44 12 Aug 2006

Good God Sir, what sort of dreadfully aggressive approach do you take to your readers - what? Do you think I would waste my time making this story up - what? I would suggest, old chap, little less of the "para! para!" and a bit more time and an ear for your reader's concerns - what? Spiffing chunter hey! (why's the old boy getting grumpy????)

wink wink to jimmybond

  Coeur de Lion 18:45 12 Aug 2006

----- Original Message -----
From: PC Advisor
To: Subscriber
Sent: Saturday, August 12, 2006 3:34 PM
Subject: Give your PC a boost in 2 minutes

* Improve Your PC Performance in 2 Minutes *
Your default system and browser settings may not be optimized for best performance.

Most PCs require a tune up from time to time. Otherwise,
they will suffer from system slow down, freezes and crashes.

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nasty cookies, open those huge files quickly ... etc.


To stop receiving emails, click here

  Forum Editor 18:51 12 Aug 2006

and all the pretentious guff about 'old chap' etc.

Just do as I asked, if you wouldn't mind - it's not that difficult is it? Just send me the email, and I'll respond.

Whcih is exactly what I said in the beginning. No suggestion that you made it up (you made that part up) and no aggression.

Any more childishness along the lines of "...the old boy getting grumpy" and you won't have to bother about any more emails from us.

  jimmybond 18:52 12 Aug 2006

i think you've become over-oxygenated on the horse. Have a glass of pimms, take it down the polo club and chill out with Jocelyn-Fortesque and chums.
Otherwise you'll get banished to the servants quarters

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