Single software license shared 770,000 times

By Emil ยท 22 replies
Dec 8, 2010
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  1. Avast Software has discovered that one multi-user license for its Pro Antivirus was at one point being used by 774,651 individuals in over 200 countries. It started as a 14-user license for a small firm in Tucson, Arizona issued on June 30, 2009 but grew exponentially in use by late 2010. Except for the original 14 users, all of the others were pirates.

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  2. lawfer

    lawfer TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,270   +91

    Hahaha. No, Mr. Steckler, they will just find another way (pretty much from the same website they got the first crack from) to crack it even further so that those notifications cease to pop-up and to bring the software back to normal. Which means you won't sell more copies of your anti-virus by turning pirates into regular customers.

    Unless, of course, the righteous TomSEA buys about 40 thousand copies to make up for the pirates in Techspot. ;)
  3. peperonikiller

    peperonikiller TS Member Posts: 75

    at least they are being civilized about it and offering alternatives.
  4. Darkshadoe

    Darkshadoe TS Guru Posts: 571   +113

    Kudos to Avast for not being a sue-happy company. This is a level headed approach to the situation.
  5. frodough

    frodough TS Rookie Posts: 90

    share = win
  6. gwailo247

    gwailo247 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,010   +18

    It's like the spread of an infectious disease, only the opposite and different.
  7. princeton

    princeton TS Addict Posts: 1,676

    Don't copy me!

    Just kidding :p.
  8. Benny26

    Benny26 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,535   +51

    Hee hee...That better not pop up on me Mr Steckler, or else i'll be kicking some bottom..Capeshe?
  9. slh28

    slh28 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,706   +172

    You'd think they would have noticed after it went past a few hundred... but the free version is good enough anyway.
  10. os & anti-virsus software is worth paying the license - they provide updates
    besides there exist the ms security essentials as long as you valid os.
  11. p51d007

    p51d007 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,304   +648

    Avast is pretty good, but the MS security essentials does a pretty good job...but if you are pirating windows it "won't" pass validation, but then again, the pirate community probably has a way around that as well.
  12. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 3,286   +902

    The TomSEA jokes are getting old, at first it was amuzing as kidding but now it's not anymore.

    Is that hard to believe that there are people who think different? You can point out your point of view, maybe argue about it, but in the end it's just in the eye of the beholder.

    Back into topic... as I've said countless times, if you are using a cracked antivirus... does that not sound odd at all? How hard is to get a free license for antivirus software from avast and then spybot or adaware for free too? I'll answer the latter for you, IT'S NOT HARD AT ALL.

    You guys got it all wrong...
  13. better to download the kit from their site and then just use the "license". anyway, congrats for their understanding. i use avast internet security(is light too) for 2 weeks already, and malwarebytes and kis 2010(from xp partition) don`t find anything for now.
  14. lawfer

    lawfer TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,270   +91

    Lol, that was actually a reference. :)
  15. Pure PR BS. Nice Marketing Strategy Avast! But I prefer Avast over AVG$hit.
  16. Burty117

    Burty117 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 3,146   +911


    Just to note, I swing more TomSEA's side than Princton's train of thought. That just seems F*cked up!
  17. no anti virus is worth paying for, avast isnt even worth the cost to go pro...its excellent free
  18. akannitaoheed

    akannitaoheed TS Rookie Posts: 79

    Kudos to AVAST team. Bill Gates would have locked you out of windows if it were Microsoft.
  19. Avast has a good solution to this problem so kudos to them. I still recommend just using Microsoft Security Essentials, it's free and it works!
  20. fpsgamerJR62

    fpsgamerJR62 TS Rookie Posts: 489

    I use the free version of AVAST because of its entertaining "Pirate Theme". Now, they've got real pirates too, a whole bunch of them :)
  21. I wouldn't be stupid enough to download a hacked anti virus. hacker - oh wow this ***** doesn't have any anti virus software I know I'll put 100 male ware and viruses in this package so when he installs it it'll screw him over! Good thing he doesn't have any anti virus to stop it. user - oh sweet now i'm protected! It's like doing it with 100 lady's than putting on a condom thinking it'll be ok.
  22. PanicX

    PanicX TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 669

    Practice safe sex, kids.
  23. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 12,975   +2,527

    It does really lack gobs of class, in addition to being moronic, to hunt down a crack version of a program you can get for nothing.

    That said, Avast's response is indeed, very measured.

    So I guess Tom's right, the people who bother to steal things like this, are just doing it because they think they're entitled to it, and because they can.

    Then they come to Techspot crying and moaning about their computer having malware, and good people, give their precious time to bail them out.

    Pray I don't start a website, the "Malware and Virus Removal", simply wouldn't exist.

    That actually makes a bunch of sense, go ask the people who gave you the malware what it is, and how to remove it. They'd certainly know better than me.

    Boo, hoo, hoooo, "my computer's infected". My answer, "spare me"!

    Why bother me? All you have to do is pay your 50 bucks, download, "Bogus Anti-Virus 2012", and all your troubles will be over.

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