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Ever wished you could have anti-virus (AV) protection forever or at least free for a long time and for that to be from the best in the industry?

Fear no more, you can do just that. Read on to find out just how you can do so without pirating the software.

free av calendar FREE Anti Virus Protection   Not the AVeraGe kind

FREE TRIAL software is available from just about every software vendor. It is akin to promoters in the shopping mall giving out free trials/samples of food. Small bits, perhaps bits large enough to get you enticed hooked and wanting more.

Computer software is almost the same, is the same. Why not give you the end user the ability to run the full blown software without hinderance. You’ll find it useful, perhaps even use it substantially that you can no longer go back or turn around and try something else – you’re hooked!

An aside to what made me think about writing this. I was visiting Japan last month and was in the Takashimaya Department store at their food court level, believe me it is nothing like the Takashimaya at Ngee Ann City (Singapore). For the benefit of the North Americans reading this it is a store bigger than your Neiman Marcus and for the Brits bigger than a Harrods or Marks & Spencer. It was a sight to behold. Everywhere you turned you could find someone trying to give you a free piece of food. There was so much so that you could walk around and get full on the samples. I wonder why they say some Japanese are starving. Just dress well and by visiting the various department stores you can feed yourself silly. Anyway back to the real reason for writing this.

Why not feed and fill yourself on free trials of anti-virus (AV) {No not Adult Video} software. It could be any other software for that matter. It just fits and works with AV because there is no working files that you need to worry about compatibility from version to version.

So, you’ve got over 40 AV vendors all offering a free trial each for a minimum of 30 days. Add that to a 30, 60 or 90 day trial edition of an AV included with a new notebook or desktop purchase, you can do the math, you can easily have AV coverage for more than 365 days.

It is easy as pie to start, just follow the step-by-step instructions below.

  1. Register an email address, preferable a GMAIL or HOTMAIL account with the respective anti-virus software vendor. This will get you a activation key/code so you can run your ‘trial’ version for the stipulated amount of days.
  2. Download the installer software. Important: Don’t register and download all the installers at the same time because some of the software installers trial version timers are based on the installer itself. So, if you download too early your installer 31 days from the day you downloaded may not work.
  3. After downloading the next trial edition to be installed, UNINSTALL any previous version or any other version of an anti-virus from your system. NOTE: This is very important because most antivirus software cannot co-exist with another antivirus on the same system. If you forget the UNINSTALL step you are in for a heap of trouble when the system locks-up on startup and you cannot log-in to Windows. Painful recovery process begins (not covered here).
  4. Execute the new installer (remember you need to have uninstalled the prior/earlier antivirus software). Follow the onscreen instructions for the installation, activation, etc.
  5. Set a Calendar reminder in your PIM (Personal Information Manager) to remind you when your current AV trial will end. Not to worry if you don’t do this because most of the AV software will remind you or prompt you to buy the full version before the trial period ends.
  6. If you worried about a virus infection or attack of some kind during the period of no AV installed I recommend you to simply disconnect from the network (local and Internet). You must have previously downloaded and kept the installer software on a flash memory drive or other form of storage.

Here’s a small table of antivirus vendors, their product, the duration of their trial and a hotlink directly to the download or registration page.

 COMPANY  PRODUCT 

TRIAL DURATION

 HYPERLINK 
 AhnLab AhnLab V3 Internet Security

 

 Not Listed

 

 Link

 avast! Avast Professional Edition

 

 60 Days

 

 Link

 Avira AntiVir Premium

 

 30 Days

 

 Link

 BitDefender BitDefender AntiVirus 2009

 

 30 Days

 

 Link

 ESET NOD32 Antivirus 4

 

 30 Days

 

 Link

 F-Secure F-Secure Anti-Virus 2009

 

 30 Days

 

 Link

 Grisoft AVG AntiVirus

 

 30 Days

 

 Link

 Kaspersky Lab Kaspersky AntiVirus 2009

 

 30 Days

 

 Link

 McAfee VirusScan Plus

 

 30 Days

 

 Link

 Microsoft Windows Live ONE Care

 

 90 Days

 

 Link

 MicroWorld eScan

 

 30 Days

 

 Link

 Norman Norman Virus Control

 

 30 Days

 

 Link

 Panda Security Panda Anti-Virus PRO 2009

 

 30 Days

 

 Link

 Rising Rising AntiVirus 2009

 

 30 Days

 

 Link

 Symantec Norton Antivirus 2009 or 360v3

 

 30 Days

 

 Link

 TrendMicro PC-Cillin 2009

 

 30 Days

 

 Link

  TOTAL AVAILABLE DAYS

 

 540 Days

 

 

You are probably asking yourself, “Why bother going through so much trouble?” Use AVG Free Edition forever. Well, forever sometimes doesn’t last as long as you think. Oh yeah, there are also other flavours of Free Editions forever. So, there are others and yes you may as a user not want to be bothered with all this. In fact, you could just go out and pay for an antivirus on a yearly basis and be done with it. The amount of time and effort involved in this scheme may not make sense or be worthwhile for some. Afterall, your time is worth something and so much…how much?!

There’s also the question, “Is it morally right to be taking advantage of the situation?” Well, I’m not sure, we each have our own threshold, integrity, loyalty, etcetera. Let’s hear what you have to think about taking advantage of this kind of situation.

At the end of your process you can probably start all over again. icon smile FREE Anti Virus Protection   Not the AVeraGe kind Because by the end of 365 days there will probably be a new trial version available from each of the AV vendors. Is this a forever proposition?

There is some good that can come out of this, other than not having to ever pay for antivirus software again. Each AV vendor has their own set of Virus Definitions (Signatures) and their individual scanning engines operate slightly differently. In so doing, when you change AV vendors you may find yourself still finding other malware (viruses, spyware, etc) on your system detected by the other AV software.

Here’s a good guide and place to find the whole shebang of AV vendors, their test results and links.  Virus Bulletin