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The AVS group of FREE software
Montreal, Canada
666 Posts
August 7, 2009 - 7:02 pm

This might NOT be politically correct, but I urge caution if and when dealing with them. A few days ago, I was looking for a DVD player program (yes the free type). I stumbled across this site (they have many interesting looking free software), so I d/l their player. I always like to block internet access when doing a new install (force of good habit), since I hate it when during an install, the program want to call home.

Well, this one was no exception. During the install, you're given several options (like with most programs) and I opted for a plain and simple install of just the DVD player. NO SUCH LUCK. I saw many screens displaying other programs were being installed. Later, not only did they overload me with their propaganda, they also added links to my Desktop. Very unprofessional. Being curious, I decided to give the program a try. Right away, it wanted to check for a newer version. This is totally stupid programming, since I just got the latest from them. They should know it;s the latest (but we all know it's a marketing scheme). Their DVD player is extremely primitive. Trying to play a DVD with language menu at the start, caused the program to stop. It did flash the menu selection screen, but was unable to proceed. Only a simple DVD would play on this program. If you wanted help, you needed access to call home.

The extra bundled programs was like a sneak peak to their other free software. Well, I opted to uninstall the program (using a good uninstaller program to remove the registry junk they installed. Believe I had to uninstall 3 programs in total. all for just wanting to use a simple program.

I do use GOM for everything, but playing DVDs with their menu selection are sometimes a pain. Totally much less than with this BAD experience. So, though this company may have some excellent software, I personally will NEVER recommend them to anyone (friend or foe). This is one product to avoid (at all costs), Mindblower!

"For the needy, not the greedy"

Jim Hillier
2700 Posts
August 7, 2009 - 9:17 pm

Gotta agree with you here MB. The AVS Video Converter software in particular is extremely insidious. Whenever it is advertised on another site (and it is a lot), when you go to the home product's download page, the download link for AVS is always positioned in such a way as to make the user think it is the download link for the software they were originally after. I wonder how many people have downloaded AVS Video Converter thinking they were downloading something else guess would be in the thousands!!


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