Friends, has the Free version of Avast Antivirus software been withdrawn? If so what could be other good alternatives? I've been using the free version of Avast until today when I have been required to pay for it. Surprise, surprise!! My laptop is now unprotected; I need a good and free AV s/ware to install urgently. Please help. OS is Vista Home Basic. Thanks in advance.
There was a notification, just a few days ago, to say there was an updated version available. I am just wondering if the OP happened to click on Upgrade rather than just update the free version.
I don't find it very clear when these notifications appear and really have to read carefully before clicking. I think it would be very easy to have clicked on the wrong bit and end up having selected to upgrade to the paid-for version.
Thanks friends. I have uninstalled the upgrade and re-installed the Avast Free version and so I'm fine now with my laptop protected! What I have to learn now is how to handle those irritating alerts to upgrade or update. What's the difference between ugrade and update and which one must I choose in order to remain protected by Avast Free version? Thanks in advance.
Iscanut2, the reinstalled avast! Free Antivirus on my laptop worked fine for a few days until yesterday. What happened: the voice announcement of update stopped suddenly and I started getting prompts to renew avast! Pro Antivirus which had expired. That was strange because I never installed avast! Pro Antivirus on my laptop. In fact that's what had happened the time that I asked for help on this forum. Another strange thing is that the icon on the desktop reads "avast! Free Antivirus" and in Control panel the installed software is "avast! Free Antivirus". I have just finished uninstalling and reinstalling avast! Free Antivirus on the laptop again. I keep wonderin why this is happening. Could it be that my laptop is being manipulated from AVAST online?