cancel
Showing results for 
Search instead for 
Did you mean: 

AVG v8.5 Free Upgrade pop-up - Malware or genuine

randpwar
Grafter
Posts: 1,308
Thanks: 1
Registered: ‎01-08-2007

AVG v8.5 Free Upgrade pop-up - Malware or genuine

May I tap into the great knowledge pool that exists on this forum and pose this question?  Smiley
Booted up the pc this morning and within 10 minutes or so received a pop-up purporting to be from AVG offering a free upgrade to the new 8.5 version, however, being a suspicious old so and so I checked the Grisoft website and could find no mention of a free upgrade. I’m afraid I just closed the pop-up so I cannot include a screen dump for you to view. Do you think this was a malicious attempt to infect my pc?
Many thanks
Rob
13 REPLIES
Moderator
Moderator
Posts: 19,286
Thanks: 2,165
Fixes: 348
Registered: ‎11-01-2008

Re: AVG v8.5 Free Upgrade pop-up - Malware or genuine

There is an 8.5 have a look here http://free.avg.com/

Customer / Moderator / If it helped click the thumb / If it fixed it click 'This fixed my problem'

randpwar
Grafter
Posts: 1,308
Thanks: 1
Registered: ‎01-08-2007

Re: AVG v8.5 Free Upgrade pop-up - Malware or genuine

Thanks for the reply Adiewoo.
I already use AVG Free Edition v8.0 but the pop-up was ‘offering’ a free upgrade from Free Edition to v8.5 but the Grisoft website (including from the link that you supplied) is asking for a payment for 8.5
Rob
Community Veteran
Posts: 26,746
Thanks: 959
Fixes: 10
Registered: ‎10-04-2007

Re: AVG v8.5 Free Upgrade pop-up - Malware or genuine

http://free.avg.com/download?prd=afe
Download Now link on the left hand side of the page or http://www.avg.com/filedir/inst/avg_free_stf_en_85_283a1450.exe (linked at the bottom of that page).
jelv (a.k.a Spoon Whittler)
   Why I have left Plusnet (warning: long post!)   
Broadband: Andrews & Arnold Home::1 (FTTC 80/20)
Line rental: Pulse 8 Home Line Rental (£13/month)
Mobile: iD mobile (£4/month)
randpwar
Grafter
Posts: 1,308
Thanks: 1
Registered: ‎01-08-2007

Re: AVG v8.5 Free Upgrade pop-up - Malware or genuine

Ah! Thanks Jelv, from the link you’ve supplied it is all obvious. The offer is that you only get 8.5 ‘free’ if you trial or buy another product
Thanks again guys  Smiley
Rob
pierre_pierre
Grafter
Posts: 19,757
Registered: ‎30-07-2007

Re: AVG v8.5 Free Upgrade pop-up - Malware or genuine

no you dont have to buy anything, it is obscure and after all money does help.  But follow the links and 8.5 is definitely available to Residential user for free
Community Veteran
Posts: 19,102
Thanks: 443
Fixes: 21
Registered: ‎31-08-2007

Re: AVG v8.5 Free Upgrade pop-up - Malware or genuine

Yes, the free 8.5 is free, 8.0 is no longer available on the AVG website. I've installed 8.5 on two different machines for people, one which had the pop-up.
See also http://community.plus.net/forum/index.php/topic,73479.msg599131.html#msg599131
Moderator
Moderator
Posts: 27,341
Thanks: 1,893
Fixes: 174
Registered: ‎14-04-2007

Re: AVG v8.5 Free Upgrade pop-up - Malware or genuine

Can't blame Grisoft for providing a convoluted route to the free version. Smiley

Customer and Forum Moderator. Windows 10 Firefox 64.0 (64-bit)

randpwar
Grafter
Posts: 1,308
Thanks: 1
Registered: ‎01-08-2007

Re: AVG v8.5 Free Upgrade pop-up - Malware or genuine

Many thanks for all the help guys  Smiley....I'll upgrade when I get home 
Interested
Grafter
Posts: 105
Registered: ‎20-12-2008

Re: AVG v8.5 Free Upgrade pop-up - Malware or genuine

AVG 8.5 Free update manager stopped working for me today, then did the Anti-virus protection.  Crazy
I tried unistalling it, re-installing it to no avail. Then panicked about surfing without AV protection after an hour or so & have currently re-installed McAfee (as my licence had not yet expired). Will see how long my laptop can cope with McAfee before it grinds to a halt & I am considering my options thanks to the responses to my early topic this year about different anti-virus providers. Smiley
One good thing came out of it in that I have learned to do the majority of what my registry cleaner was doing as a result as found areas of the computer I had never before ventured into.
firefly2
Grafter
Posts: 265
Registered: ‎16-11-2007

Re: AVG v8.5 Free Upgrade pop-up - Malware or genuine

Hi All,
I have been offered the upgrade to 8.5 too and when tried to download the pc refused and said it was currupted file.#
haven't tried since..
might try some of your links.
thanks
Undecided
pierre_pierre
Grafter
Posts: 19,757
Registered: ‎30-07-2007

Re: AVG v8.5 Free Upgrade pop-up - Malware or genuine

the download file should be something like avg_free_stf_en_85_283a1450.exe and have a length of  approx 61 M
randpwar
Grafter
Posts: 1,308
Thanks: 1
Registered: ‎01-08-2007

Re: AVG v8.5 Free Upgrade pop-up - Malware or genuine

@Firefly2
I used the link provided by jelv which worked perfectly
Rob
firefly2
Grafter
Posts: 265
Registered: ‎16-11-2007

Re: AVG v8.5 Free Upgrade pop-up - Malware or genuine

thanks jelv and pierre.
your links were the same and it worked fine.
up and running okay now
thankyou again. Smiley