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What is Total AV Antivirus, and Should You Install It?

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.

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Total AV review page. Free trial offer.

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.

 

I found Total AV by visiting this review site, 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…

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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 future. Stay tuned.

Have you tried Total AV, or any similar product?

Do you have anything you’d like to add to the conversation?

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Thanks for visiting.

Your friend,

Thomas.          >

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BuilderAll Review.

What is BuilderAll?

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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.)

So let’s get started … Read more

Legendary Marketer Club, Scam or Legit?

Legendary Marketer Review: Is This Legit, or Just Another High-Priced Scam?

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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 sceptical. 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

Is Hempworx a Scam, or is it a Legit MLM?

Can you Make Money Selling CBD With HempWorx?

 

I have several websites, and on one of them I promote the many benefits of Medicinal Cannabis. my daily choice hempworx - hempworx com

In particular, the main therapeutic ingredient; CBD.

I was recently contacted by another online CBD affiliate and invited to join the HempWorx program.

Now, I readily admit I hadn’t heard of HempWorx before, so I decided to do some research. After all, It’d be foolish of me to overlook another potential income stream.

In this article, I’ll be sharing with you exactly what I learned, and what my take is on the HempWorx Affiliate Program.

 

So What is the HempWorx Program?

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Can I Make Money with HempWorx?

 

First of all, let’s clear up one important point. Although HempWorx advertises their sales system as an affiliate program, it’s actually an MLM (Multi-Level Marketing) Scheme.

(There’s another post here, where I discuss how you can promote CBD products as an affiliate marketer)

What’s the difference between MLM and Affiliate Marketing?

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