If you’ve been involved in internet marketing, especially affiliate marketing, you’ll likely have heard someone talking or posting about the Google Sandbox.
What is Google’s Sandbox?
I’m so glad you asked!
When you build a new website, one of your main objectives will be to get your site ranked in the SERPs.
(SERP is an acronym for Search Engine Results Page, and refers to the results shown when you do an internet search)
Everyone knows that a new website will not show up in these results for some time. How long it really takes will depend on a whole heap of things, from the amount of competition in your particular niche to the quality and information value of your articles and loads more.
Total AV Antivirus: Legit Software, or a Ransomware Scam?
No doubt you’ve heard of Total AV antivirus. In fact, I’m assuming you found this post after searching for information on Total AV in one form or another.
I recently downloaded and installed the program myself, after reading another post.
I use a MacBook computer, and although Apple computers are considered by many to be immune from computer viruses, I thought I should consider installing an antivirus program. After my experience, I decided I just had to write this Total AV antivirus review post.
So should you install AV Antivirus?
(Short Answer: Don’t bother. Read on if you want the details)
I found Total AV by visiting this review site, (Please note: I have removed the link that was associated with this text) and, as they SEEMED to be giving unbiased opinions, I took the reviewer’s word for it and decided to give it a try. Let me tell you how it went…
Total AV Antivirus Free Download
Once I had installed Total AV things seemed well. The trial version offered everything that an antivirus program should, or it seemed to. Unfortunately, I quickly realised that once my trial expired I’d have to make the decision about whether or not to purchase a full version. Most antivirus software offers real-time protection and advanced features, even with their free versions. They rely on extra features and a personal-use-only clause to attract sales for their paid version. Not so with Total AV.
Once the trial expired I started detailed research on just how well it actually performed.
Given that the asking price was just $19, thanks to a “special offer” (I’m always suspicious of such deals) I have to say I didn’t really expect it to blow away the competition.
Now I’m in no way claiming to be anyone’s expert on assessing the efficiency of antivirus programs or any other software for that matter. When I want to know technical details I’ll go to a true professional. In this case, I consulted the PC Mag website.
You can read the report there for yourself, but in a nutshell, Total AV fell far short of providing what you’d consider “good” protection. I decided not to go ahead and buy. And that’s when the problems started.
While I was doing all this checking around (you can’t rush these things) I still had Total AV’s free version operational on my system. It would do a scan a couple of times a day, and keep reminding me that I didn’t have real-time protection any more. I also noticed that my Mac was starting to freeze up, especially in real-time situations like chats etc. Total AV was also asking frequently for access to download “helper” programs. That’s when I decided to remove it. It turned out that it’s not easy to uninstall Total AV from your system.
In case you’re interested, there’s a video below that gives a well-informed review and appraisal of the Total AV software package.
Removing Total AV Antivirus
I found that I couldn’t even shut it down! I tried to dump it into Trash, but was informed that action couldn’t be performed because Total AV was still active. This is completely contrary to what the Total AV help page says.
After searching online, where I heard many horror stories of other suckers having to pay to have it removed, (doesn’t that make it ransomware?) and one forum contributor recommending a complete system reset, I decided to revisit an old friend. Back in my pre-Mac days, I had Malwarebytes installed on my old Windows 7 system. I thought I’d see if it could help me get rid of this squatter once and for all.
A quick scan, where Malwarebytes identified and quarantined several dodgy files, and my system was back to performing just like a Mac should. I’ve since deleted completely all remnants of this PUP from my system.
Finally, Total AV Uninstalled Completely
One thing that I did notice, as I visited site after site where Total AV was touted as the duck’s nuts as far as antivirus software is concerned, was just how much these “review” sites resemble each other. Some even have almost the exact same layout and similarly-worded writeups. It’s my guess that many sites out there have been set up by Total AV themselves purely to divert info seekers and push us into the Total AV squeeze pages.
As an affiliate marketer myself, I’m familiar with this tactic. It’s not how I choose to run my business, though.
Does this mean Total AV is a scam?
I’d stop short of calling it a scam. It does what it says, although not as efficiently as the blurb will suggest. But then, that’s advertising everywhere. It all comes back to the old adage: Caveat Emptor, or Buyer Beware.
So, long story short, my advice is to give this product a wide berth. There are lots of better applications out there. I’m not recommending anything in particular, but I might be adding a round-up of antivirus software applications to this site in the future. Stay tuned.
Have you tried Total AV, or any similar product?
Do you have anything you’d like to add to the conversation?
What is bUnited, and Is This Legit, or Is It a Pyramid Scam?
I received the following message on my LinkedIn profile recently.
I just joined bUnited. You might also be interested.
bUnited has the power to make our world more sustainable. Not just greenwashing, real substantial changes.
And the great thing is that bUnited pays everyone to unite. Very innovative.
Just click and see for yourself. I love it!
Now if there’s one thing I’ve learnt from my time as an affiliate marketer and blogger, it’s summed up in one sentence. Believe Nothing, Trust No-one, Check Everything! (Actually, that’s three things, but you’ll get my drift) In fact, I even have a sign on the wall near my desk with the letters BTC in large, bold text.
Here’s the sign, I just snapped it with my iPad.
Having never heard of bUnited before, and being the skeptical soul I am, I assumed it was some sort of scam. Nevertheless, I thought I’d check it out.
Is BuilderAll worth the money, or is it just another scam?
Okay, let’s cut to the chase. BuilderAll is NOT a scam. BuilderAll is a product/system designed to help anyone with setting up an online business. It does have its limitations, however, and in this unbiased BuilderAll review I’ll attempt to sort the wheat from the chaff and give you an honest appraisal of the BuilderAll Platform.
Should you invest in this system? Spend a few minutes reading this review now and arm yourself with the right information to make a much more informed decision.
Please Note: I’m not an affiliate of BuilderAll. I’m writing this review simply because it has always been my intention to offer useful information to my visitors or followers. I’m not going to sugar-coat this review. (Not that I’d do that anyway. I only recommend products or services that I know are good value.)
Legendary Marketer Review: Is This Legit, or Just Another High-Priced Scam?
Chances are that you’ve recently heard about the Legendary Marketer Club and you’re wanting to know whether Legendary Marketer is a genuine opportunity to make money online or another rip-off scam.
If this is the case, I don’t blame you for being a tad skeptical. I’ve looked into heaps of online money-making schemes and yes, it’s true, a huge number of them are nothing but scams designed to separate you from your hard-earned money. Some aim to do this as quickly as possible. Others will attempt to hook you into a slow drip, like the proverbial frog in hot water, until you feel you have invested so much already, you just have to keep going.
In this Legendary Marketer review, I’ll be attempting to cut through the hype and tell it like it is so you can make an informed decision about investing in David Sharpe’s newest offering. Read more
I heard about this stock market newsletter?recently, and thought I’d do a little investigation.
Before we get into the nitty-gritty of TPC, let me share something with you. There is a genuine, legitimate way to make money online with minimal risk and endless potential. A method that won’t make you rich overnight, or without effort, but that can earn you a lucrative passive income within a surprisingly short time.
Click This Link for a review of my personal favorite online business model. It’s OK, the link will open a new window so you can get back here easily.
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My Internet Journey
I first discovered the ‘net way back in 1994. In those days, it was all dial-up connections and pages that took up to several minutes to load. Boy, we were a patient lot back then!
I guess I always knew the internet was going to become big for business, but no-one, I’m sure, could forecast the internet as we see it today. I, and most people I know, never dreamed that it would become so easy (and, some say, so hard in many ways) for ordinary folk like you and me to become online entrepreneurs and be running our own internet businesses.
Digital Altitude; Is This a Scam or a Legit Opportunity?
This post was written on Dec 14, 2016
A friend of mine was thinking of investing in Digital Altitude, and asked for my opinion. I hadn’t heard of it, so I decided to do some research.
Now, I have to be honest and say from the start, that the fact that this is a Multi-Level-Marketing (MLM) scheme acted like a red flag for me, but nevertheless I agreed to review the scheme with an open mind.
I signed up for the $1.00 “free trial” so I could access the program and be able to make some informed comments.Read more
Back in November 2016, I’d recently retired from my business in the transport industry, and was at a bit of a loose end. Not being the type of bloke to spend my days playing bowls or going fishing every day, (not that there’s anything wrong with that, if it’s what suits you) I decided to look into online marketing. I’ve been a writer of sorts for many years, although I’d never really taken it seriously. It was, along with music, my main creative outlet. Stories, articles, poems – I’ve been published once or twice, but never really set the world on fire. Let’s face it – I’m no Hemingway.
Anyway, I researched ways to make money online, signed up for a few schemes, and got ripped off more than once! It seemed that everywhere I looked, someone was trying to separate me from my hard-earned money. Mostly promising huge returns for little effort (but at a cost, of course) while delivering very little genuine advice or guidance.
Eventually, I decided to try Affiliate Marketing, also sometimes referred to as Blog Marketing.
A new (to me, at least) scam just caught my attention.
A colleague of mine recently encountered this one. Luckily he was alert enough to perform the necessary due diligence before following any instructions.
This is how it works.
Supposedly from someone called “Domain Abuse Admin”, and possibly from a domain using the name DomainCop.com (or .org, .net, etc etc), an email arrives informing the website owner that their site has been blacklisted for spamming and spreading malware.
The first, and arguably most important, thing to stress here is the old adage: “If it seems too good to be true, it probably is.” I’d elaborate on that and say almost certainly is.
Some internet scams will offer you unbelievable financial success for minimal effort. Some will attempt to trick you into downloading malicious software. Some will simply appear to be legitimate online transactions where the goods you ordered never arrive, and possibly never existed in the first place.
Believe me when I say you would not be the first, nor will you be the last, to fall for a clever trick. I’ve fallen victim to a few myself over the years and I’m always on my guard whenever dealing with someone I don’t know.
I have a motto: Believe Nothing, Trust No-one, Check Everything.