Grisoft celebrates 15 years of success … by killing their free software. Not.

Don Patterson (aka DP) passes on a press release from GRISOFT, makers of AVG anti-virus software, noting that they are celebrating 15 years of success.

Congratulations to them, and definitely it’s wonderful to see variety in the antivirus space, but I am surprised to see one statement in the press release:

 “The AVG Free Edition and all-inclusive suite AVG Internet Security, which protects users against all common Internet risks like viruses, spyware, spam and hacker attacks, has helped raise awareness of the AVG product line.”

So, if AVG Free Edition is such a helpful marketing tool, why is GRISOFT terminating that SKU in January?

At least, that’s what I wondered when I saw the box pop up on my test machine at home.

“AVG Free 7.1 version will be discontinued on 15th of Jan 2007.” [Yeah, I’ll see if I can pop in a picture of the dialog]

I was irritated, dismissed the dialog, and carried on with the work I had to do.

It’s only while researching the blog posting you’re reading that I discover the awful truth – that GRISOFT have released a new version, AVG Free 7.5, that is downloadable from their free web site, for free, and which continues to provide free virus protection for private, non-commercial, single home computer use only.

So, again congratulations to GRISOFT for their fifteen years of continued success, and congratulations to them for continuing to support the tightwad and the impecunious alike.

But no congratulations to whoever designed that dialog, which gave me the first impression that GRISOFT were going to remove free service from many people who, if it weren’t for a free antivirus solution, would have no anti-virus solution (other than “call Alun when something goes awry”).

2 Responses to Grisoft celebrates 15 years of success … by killing their free software. Not.

  • Louison says:

    Read that free page carefully: the free version is the one that is ending on January 15: 7.1.409.

    That means there is probably really no more free versions to AVG.

  • Louison says:

    475: How and why to get AVG Free 7.5?

    Please be informed that we have released new 7.5 version of AVG Free Edition.

    However, this AVG Free Edition still has many limitations:
    – AVG Free Edition 7.5 has no technical support!
    – It is strictly prohibited to use AVG Free Edition 7.5 within any organization or for commercial purposes
    – AVG Free Edition 7.5 cannot be installed on server operating systems
    – According to our license policy, it is prohibited to install and use AVG Free Edition in a network environment
    – AVG Free Edition 7.5 does not include remote control
    – AVG Free Edition 7.5 does not include a firewall
    – AVG Free Edition 7.5 does not include a anti-spyware protection
    – AVG Free Edition 7.5 does not include a anti-spam component
    – AVG Free Edition 7.5is not compatible with Windows 64-bit editions
    – Scheduling options in the AVG Free Edition 7.5 are very limited (only one scheduled update per day, one scheduled scan per day etc.).
    – AVG Free Edition 7.5 does not have guaranteed access to high-speed servers for downloading updates and program upgrades.
    – AVG Free Edition 7.5 does not offer advanced testing options, such as password-protected archives reporting, adjustment of scan process priority and many others.

    All AVG commercial editions have many user benefits in comparison to AVG Free Edition.
    If you need more information about any specific AVG product, please feel free to contact us.

    If you still want to upgrade AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition 7.1 to 7.5 version instead of selecting one of the commercial editions, please follow these steps:
    1) run the AVG Free Edition 7.5 Setup program
    2) click “Next >” on the “Welcome!” screen
    3) click “Accept” on the “License Agreement on Use of an AVG Free Edition” screen
    4) select “Repair installation” on the “Select Setup Type” screen and click “Next >”
    5) select “Restart the computer now” (if not selected) and click “OK” on the “Installation Complete!” screen to restart your computer and complete the installation

    No technical support is available to AVG Free users!
    If you have any technical problem, please note that Free Edition users will be requested to use the self help support available at

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