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Re: Beware of Avast Classic Bait and switch Tactics
« Reply #15 on: February 14, 2016, 11:07:08 PM »
No, it says free support.

The article is about 4 years old.
A lot have changed since then.

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Re: Beware of Avast Classic Bait and switch Tactics
« Reply #16 on: February 14, 2016, 11:34:29 PM »
If you truly have a problem, simply state it and an attempt will certainly be made to address your problem.
Ranting and raving certainly gives no one an opportunity to address your concerns or any problems you may have.
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Re: Beware of Avast Classic Bait and switch Tactics
« Reply #17 on: February 18, 2016, 09:46:13 AM »
Avast Customer Care has (NOT RESPONDED IN 19 DAYS) to Ticket #168697 and Ticket #168681 submitted on 1/31/2016. Definitely the WORST customer support I have ever dealt with. Thanks for NOTHING AVAST

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Re: Beware of Avast Classic Bait and switch Tactics
« Reply #18 on: February 18, 2016, 09:47:52 AM »
Avast Customer Care has (NOT RESPONDED IN 19 DAYS) to Ticket #168697 and Ticket #168681 submitted on 1/31/2016. Definitely the WORST customer support I have ever dealt with. Thanks for NOTHING AVAST
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Re: Beware of Avast Classic Bait and switch Tactics
« Reply #19 on: February 18, 2016, 09:58:39 AM »
I think 19 days in long enough, I have no choice but to file with the BBB

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Once Again. Thank You Avast for the WORST CUSTOMER SOPPORT I have ever dealt with
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Re: Beware of Avast Classic Bait and switch Tactics
« Reply #20 on: February 18, 2016, 09:59:29 AM »
Hi,

It's still not clear to me what the question is  :-\

There is no bait and switch, a full Avast installation includes all the components. You have the option to either do a full or custom install. If you desire, you can uninstall the components you didn't want and didn't buy a license for, such as Cleanup and Secureline.

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Re: Beware of Avast Classic Bait and switch Tactics
« Reply #21 on: February 18, 2016, 10:04:54 AM »
I'm not clear as to why I have not received a response to 2 tickets submitted 19 days ago?

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Re: Beware of Avast Classic Bait and switch Tactics
« Reply #22 on: February 18, 2016, 10:08:25 AM »
Well, there is no question to answer on your ticket either...  :-\
The only question on your ticket is

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Why does Avast let the client use the feature on the control panel, only to ask for more money to activate the feature. It should not be active on the Avast control panel if its not part of the software package ordered. if I didn't choose the components when signing up, why do they appear as active programs on my control panel?

and I replied to that above.

Is there something else we can do for you? What other questions you have? What resolution you expect from your ticket?

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Re: Beware of Avast Classic Bait and switch Tactics
« Reply #23 on: February 18, 2016, 04:29:05 PM »
The options are there because you installed the "demo" versions of them so you can see what avast can provide the users with besides the malware scanning.
If you see them or not depends on what type of installation you did and/or what components you have chosen to install.
It is up to the user if he wants to purchase a license for them or not.
If the are installed it is up to the user if he keeps them installed or not.

Many free software also have a paid version with more option.
Often the paid options are shown, but are e.g.
- grayed out in the menus.
- can only be used a limited amount of times.


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Re: Beware of Avast Classic Bait and switch Tactics
« Reply #24 on: February 20, 2016, 01:05:13 AM »
Are you kidding me?? maybe you should READ MT POST FROM BEGINNING TO END.

I received an offer to upgrade to avast premier under which it stated the clean up and password tool below the offer. I thought it was reasonable so I went ahead and (PURCHASED) AVAST PRIMIER then realized little to nothing has changed on my account.

I have not received a response to 2 tickets submitted 19 days ago?

I called the phone number listed on the Avast home page 1-866-951-7679

(Reply from AVAST on: February 13, 2016, 10:59:37 PM ») Yes that will have been 3rd party support and they wouldn't be able to help in this situation as they haven't got access to to payment/order and customer information.

If its a 3rd party, then
1) why is it on the home page of Avast.com at https://www.avast.com/en-us/total-support ?
2) Why is it listed as the Avast Software, Inc. Phone: (866) 951-7679 on the AVAST BBB PAGE http://www.bbb.org/greater-san-francisco/business-reviews/computers-hardware-software-and-services/avast-software-in-redwood-city-ca-385978

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Re: Beware of Avast Classic Bait and switch Tactics
« Reply #25 on: February 20, 2016, 01:12:01 AM »
Are you kidding me?? maybe you should READ MT POST FROM BEGINNING TO END.

I received an offer to upgrade to avast premier under which it stated the clean up and password tool below the offer. I thought it was reasonable so I went ahead and (PURCHASED) AVAST PRIMIER then realized little to nothing has changed on my account.

I have not received a response to 2 tickets submitted 19 days ago?

I called the phone number listed on the Avast home page 1-866-951-7679

(Reply from AVAST on: February 13, 2016, 10:59:37 PM ») Yes that will have been 3rd party support and they wouldn't be able to help in this situation as they haven't got access to to payment/order and customer information.

If its a 3rd party, then
1) why is it on the home page of Avast.com at https://www.avast.com/en-us/total-support ?
2) Why is it listed as the Avast Software, Inc. Phone: (866) 951-7679 on the AVAST BBB PAGE http://www.bbb.org/greater-san-francisco/business-reviews/computers-hardware-software-and-services/avast-software-in-redwood-city-ca-385978

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The BBB site you're quoting is most likely compiled by the BBB. I highly doubt that the information was supplied by Avast.
I think Moroni still needs a reply to his last response in order to further help you. I think help is why you came to this forum.
Is it not ???
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Re: Beware of Avast Classic Bait and switch Scams
« Reply #26 on: February 20, 2016, 01:25:40 AM »
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(Reply from AVAST on: February 13, 2016, 10:59:37 PM ») Yes that will have been 3rd party support and they wouldn't be able to help in this situation as they haven't got access to to payment/order and customer information.
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You didn't get a reply from avast, you got a reply from me - an avast user like you - just telling it as it is. Trying to make it clear why they couldn't help with payment/order issues.
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Re: Beware of Avast Classic Bait and switch Scams
« Reply #27 on: February 20, 2016, 02:04:24 AM »
Avast can just continue to give me the run around, by asking me over and over what was my question was and just trying to confuse the issue even more. I've received nothing but LIES and DECEPTIOIN FROM AVAST. I Never downloaded the DEMO I Purchased AVAST.

If you READ THE THREAD FROM THE BEGINNING I ASK NUMEROUS QUESTIONS.

SO PLEASE DONT PLAY THE DUMB CARD, JUST A BUNCH OF LIES

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Re: Beware of Avast Classic Bait and switch Scams
« Reply #28 on: February 20, 2016, 04:02:11 AM »
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Are you kidding me?? maybe you should READ MT POST FROM BEGINNING TO END.
No, I am not kidding you and I did read your entire post.
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I received an offer to upgrade to avast premier under which it stated the clean up and password tool below the offer. I thought it was reasonable so I went ahead and (PURCHASED) AVAST PRIMIER then realized little to nothing has changed on my account.
You got what you have paid for. I don't see anything wrong with that.
It is very clearly mentioned what you get when getting a subscription for avast premier. Here is just one of the many pages that tells you : https://www.avast.com/compare-antivirus
It is also very clear that CleanUp and the paid version of avast passwords are separate products: https://www.avast.com/store
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If its a 3rd party, then 1) why is it on the home page of Avast.com at https://www.avast.com/en-us/total-support ?
Why wouldn't it be mentioned? avast has a agreement with them that they give (very limited) support for avast products.
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Reach out to experts that can help you get your PC back in shape.
avast doesn't say the are their experts/employees.
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2) Why is it listed as the Avast Software, Inc. Phone: (866) 951-7679 on the AVAST BBB PAGE
Don't ask us/here, ask the BBB why it is. They are responsible for the listing. Not avast, not the members of this webboard.
Besides that, 866 is a non existing country code which already shows that the information on the BBB website is not (entirely) correct.
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SCAM
avast never scammed anyone nor do they now.
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Avast can just continue to give me the run around, by asking me over and over what was my question was and just trying to confuse the issue even more.
The only one who is giving you the "run around" is you. Several times you have been asked what your question/problem is and you haven't answered :(
I and others (including avast) are willing to answer your questions but we can't if you don't ask them.
I and others (including avast) are willing to (at least) try to solve the problem(s) you have with avast products, but we can't even start with it if you do not even tell them.

Taking a car back to the seller and saying "there is something wrong with it" isn't the way to get help/support.
What is wrong with it?
The color?
The tires?
The fuel?
The driver?
or.... ?

We can only help (and we are sure willing to give it to you) if you ask specific questions and provide details.

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Re: Beware of Avast Classic Bait and switch Scams
« Reply #29 on: February 20, 2016, 09:49:41 AM »
robert510, Avast Premier does include Passwords but not Cleanup. I am sorry if the offer was not clear enough.
Avast SecureLine and Cleanup as components are included by default within the full installation. If you desire, you can get rid of the modules you don't want either by doing a custom installation or removing them afterwards.

The phone number at https://www.avast.com/en-us/total-support is our technical support team. Whether it is outsourced or not should not matter, but note that it is aimed to offer technical support only, not billing support.

I'll lock this thread as it is going no where. If you have opened a case with the BBB, please wait to its resolution following the standard procedure for that.