Note the link to "free-avgDOTorg" as the first result under the sponsored sites before
AVG Free Search Results
After clicking on the free-avg link, one is presented with this site:
Note that the button includes the line to "Get Full Support" in it.
AVG Free Download
The following page is presented after clicking on the button and resides on a completely different domain - ordersignupDOTcom:
Note the now distinct absence of the AVG logo and software reference. Enter an email address and:
Sign Up: General Information
The orginal AVG .org domain is protected by Domains by Proxy. This in and of itself leads one to be really suspicious as the original owners of the domain cannot be contacted at all.
AVG - No where to be found
Go to the ordersignupDOTcom root page that is hosting the "Membership Type" page and one is lead on a wild goose chase that ends up on sites that also look like their sole purpose in life is to garner a person's credit card info.
All in all, this is one very good reason to be "street smart" on the Internet and for companies like
UPDATE: Updated the spelling of Grisoft!
UPDATE 2: Courtesy of Alex over at the Sunbelt Blog: Anti-virus vendor AVG subpoenas information on counterfeiters.
My apologies to Grisoft for the inference above that they are not taking care of their reputation. It seems that they are, but as the article indicates, it is very difficult for them to follow through on it!
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