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Annoying pop-up “Upgrade Oportunity for AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition Users”

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Avg sends out an annoying pop-up to its Free Edition Clients.

Here’s the take on this:
I called up that does the technical support for AVG and asked them
about this new pop-up wanting people to upgrade their existing client to the paid

The rep said at first he didn’t know of a pop-up, but then went to check his email.
He came back to me and said that there are 2 different pop-ups that AVG is pushing out
to their Free Edition users.  He stated that Avg doesn’t normally do this type of advertising,
but they are in the business to make money and this would help their sales.

The Rep also stated that their was no way of blocking the pop-ups.  He said that
you should be able to just hit the Maybe Later button four times in the period of one week
and the pop-up should stop.   This may also depending on how many times you restart the machine.

The Good news is that this advertisment is suppose to stop after the first week of August.

The Bad news is that they will most likely do something like this again in the future.

My take on this is:
Well, first off I think Avg is still hands down the best free Anti-virus software out there.
I’ve been using it for6 years or more and I’ve seen it find and remove viruses that
Mcafee and Norton did not see at all.  Yes, I think the pop-ups are very annoying and
I wish that they would stop.  The thing is it’s free software and much better than most
paid software.  It was only a matter of time before the company started something like
this to push sales.

My recommendation is to wait it out and keep clicking the Maybe Later
button, because it’s still free.  But, if you get too annoyed with it go ahead and buy the
paid version for $54 bucks.

Outlook Express Spell Checker only does French

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Outlook Express was working just fine and then you upgraded Microsoft Office to 2007.  Now when you run spell check in Outlook Express  everything it suggest is in French.

Office 2007 installs some language files that are incompatible with Outlook Express.  Even if you uninstall Office 2007 it does not restore your old language files so that’s no help.  Microsoft acknowledges this in KB932974 and the only recourse they offer is to install a third party spell checker.

So, let me explain how to load this thrid party tool.

Any way here’s the fix with the trid party tools.  If you open Outlook Express then click on Tools drop down menu and click on Options you get this screen.

Outlook Express Options.jpg

Click on the Spelling Tab at the top left.

Outlook Express Spelling.jpg

As you can see here French is your only option.

Go here to download the free tool (spell.exe) that will fix this issue and import in the English Language.  Once on this site you want to click on MajorGeeks Text right under the Word Downloads in the middle of the page.

Then you come to this screen which you have to wait at before the Download file appers to be downloaded.

Spell Check Download2.jpg

Now you can click on Save File.  Once downloaded go ahead and double click on Spell.exe Icon

Click Run on the Open File -Security Warning Screen.


Click Next at the Welcome screen.

Click Next at the Information Screen.

Click Next at the Directory Screen.

Click Start at the Confirmation Screen.

Click Exit at the End Screen.

Open back up Outlook Express and Go to Tools/Options/Spelling just like we did before and click on the drop down arrow.

New English Language added to Outlook.jpg

Now you have English back.