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Sunday, May 29, 2011

System Optimize Expert Fails Sniff Test

Free is a byword on this blog. I’m always looking for good free stuff. My Win7 system is sluggish so I went to ZD.net Downloads to see what was available as a Free download for system optimization.

System Optimize Expert came up when I filtered for Windows and Free. Its description sounded good so I downloaded and installed it. I ran Scan and soon as I ran it a pop-up for their Pro version popped up. Seconds after I started the scan System Optimize Expert reported that I had hundreds of problems and did I want to fix them? I replied affirmatively and it said, the free version only fixes 5 problems, did I want to upgrade to the Pro version.

I clicked cancel, went to Control Panel and uninstalled the program. Frankly I don’t care if it is accurate or not, the practice of claiming to be free and then finding some outrageous number of issues that can only be fixed by upgrading seems highly suspicious.

I might add that ZD.net should more accurately evaluate if a download truly is free or just an advertising come on.

Software has a right to be sold but if it is stated as FREE do not play the hardly amusing shell game and delude someone into upgrading for a fee. I have donated to support freeware as no doubt many of you have done. That is acceptable; trying to pull the wool over someone’s eyes is NOT!

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