The September Consumer Reports has a big article on computer security. My sister was inspired by it to pick up another layer of security. (She has the commercial version of McAfee running.)
According to the CR article, Spybot was free, so she decided to try that. She downloaded it from download.com, it installed, she did a scan…and it refused to do anything about the suspicious files it reported finding. It told her to ‘click here’ to update, which she did, off to the website – which wanted her credit card to buy the full version.
“Free” apparently meaning, now, that it will scan “free”, but not fix anything. This is relatively analogous to a restaurant that serves ‘free’ food – but only if don’t actually plan to eat it.
Anyway, she decided to try Ad-Aware, also decribed as ‘Free’ in the CR article. Pretty much the same story, except the download was from Cnet.
Also, she reports that the web sites reach from the 'click here’s from both programs looked identical.
Is it possible that both programs have been sold to another company? And they no longer offer a truly free version of the programs?