First, drop the sarcasm and condescension. You're a moderator. You should be held to a higher standard, and you should act professionally. It reflects poorly on your reputation, as well as on PCPitstop itself, to reply to a post this way just because something critical was written in the "feedback" section. Whether it made you mad or not. I didn't ask for a reply, I was simply giving my honest feedback.
You are very smart. And an expert on computers and this site. You can call me and everyone else, who feels the same way as me, stupid, dumb, whatever you want. The point is, I DIDN'T know what I was doing, and neither do a lot of other people like me, who are really in need of computer help. It's hard to find a reputable place these days. Make fun of me if you want, but I believed what this site said. And you know that's how you draw them in, and it's why that post is still OUTRIGHT DIRECTING YOU TO THOSE FAKE LINKS. You simply count on people to be stupid, like all other scams. A lot of us aren't, but a lot of us are. Maybe I'm one of those (many) people who have "below average intelligence".
On the page I refer to, for each link (well, not all, but to all the links that "sound good"), the linked text says it will go somewhere specific (all different to places, eg antivirus, spycheck, freescan, etc), hover over the link, and says it will go somewhere specific, but they ALL take you to PC-Matic once you click on them. They're disguised links. They change. They trick you into going to the PC-Matic page --you can't seriously tell me it's NOT deceptive--
The sticky notes you refer to were posted in 2004 (12 years and 4 operating systems ago) and you felt they should be taken as gospel? Some of the links are no longer valid or they are no longer free. It's quite easy to see this.
Here's exactly what me, and others like me, do when they're in a computer "cleaning" crisis:
1. Go pcpitstop.com (A site you thought had integrity)
2. Click Forums > Viruses & Spyware
Page loads.... What's that 'PINNED' POST RIGHT UP THERE IN THE EXACT MIDDLE OF THE SCREEN?? "Virus / Spyware Cleanup & Prevention." The one that you repudiate.
The sticky notes you refer to were posted in 2004 (12 years and 4 operating systems ago) and you felt they should be taken as gospel?
3. Click, on that very first post: Where to find the tools you need. (tempting isn't it, the tools I need)
The sticky notes you refer to were posted in 2004 (12 years and 4 operating systems ago)
Um. What's the purpose of a "PINNED" (sticky) note? (It's so everyone will SEE IT FIRST).
The link is here: https://forums.pcpit...nup-prevention/
As far as being led to believe that PCMatic was free I don't see how you could have assumed that.
It says ON THAT POST above the links: "the tools below are FREE or available as trial/shareware versions."
--When it says, "FREE", that makes people think it's FREE--
If you don't want to investigate (like you so far haven't) do a search on the page for these words: "the tools below are FREE or available as trial/shareware versions." Then click on the links below it, and see where it leads you.
Some of the links are no longer valid or they are no longer free. It's quite easy to see this.
Please, just reply and say this again. I have to laugh at this because you're DEPENDING on people to NOT see it.
Or you could just apologize for tricking me and regular people like me. Thank goodness I had enough sense not to buy PCMatic because it's very tempting when PCMatic says it found ALL those problems that can be fixed with a click. It really makes you want to fix them.
I hope you're just late in the Game "geeWhiz" if you really back up all you said. If you really want to respond, I hope it's to make fun of any mistakes in my spelling or grammar or some other distraction, because you're not gonna beat me on this one in substance. Look over what I said in my first post and actually read it like you should this one. If you're angry and somehow have trouble replying constructively, despite being a moderator, get up and take a walk first. I think an apology would be in order though. After all, you're a "moderator" who has really reminded me how stupid I must be in life (especially with your site).
So, to sign off... Just sayin'.
P.S. PCPitstop also sells PC-Matic, and only PC-Matic (no other antivirus), directly. So there's that...
P.S.S. To someone actually in charge. To the point of my honest feedback, I'm politely requesting that that pinned post be removed since it's "from 2004" and "many operating systems ago" (not my words, from someone who is "smart" and actually knows).
This thread has the information you need to fix and prevent problems with spyware and viruses. If you're new to the forums, please read through it before asking questions or (especially) posting HijackThis logs.
I'm not a PCMatic user myself but I know that several members are and think highly of it.
I don't see how you can seem so critical and go so far as suggesting that moderators have an evil intent or a hidden agenda. The sticky notes you refer to were posted in 2004 (12 years and 4 operating systems ago) and you felt they should be taken as gospel? Some of the links are no longer valid or they are no longer free. It's quite easy to see this. I didn't click on all of them but I think that the ones that may have led you to PCMatic were no longer in existence.
As far as being led to believe that PCMatic was free I don't see how you could have assumed that. It offers a free scan and then, based on the results, an opportunity to purchase if you feel it necessary
perhaps you should be more attentive when you click on links and start downloading. Perhaps also this inattentiveness is what has caused the problems you are trying to resolve. Just saying...
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