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Acrobat 9.0 for free — I don’t think so…

26 Sep 2008 | | No Comment

In what appears to be a fairly peculiar attempt to do a bait-and-switch, Software HQ provides provides a version of their so-called “compatible with Adobe Acrobat product” at a site titled “acrobat9.0-pdf.com” [a domain called 0-pdf.com, with a subdomain of acrobat9].

Looking into this in more detail by reading the text at the bottom of the site reveals that the site has “no affiliation with the owner of the software and does not re-sell or license software”, rather it just provides links to third party freeware and shareware software.

© 2008 acrobat9.0-pdf.com, All Rights Reserved.
All tademarks and copyrights are used for comparison and/or compatibility purposes only and are the property of their respective owners. This website has no affiliation whatsoever with the owner of this software program and does not re-sell or license software. All software is freeware and/or shareware with the understanding that the user may need or want to pay for it later. Membership is for unlimited access to our site’s resources. We provide an organized website with links to third party freeware and shareware software, technical support, tutorials and step by step guides.

Software HQ also purport to provide the latest 2008 Office software free with the download, of course, this is not the official Microsoft Office 2007, but rather the freely available OpenOffice.

If you attempt to download the software, your only option is to pay $16.99 USD per year for 3 years, 18.49 for 2 years, or 26.97 for 1 year. This is touted as a fee for support, not for the product itself. In addition, you are prompted to optionally pay an extra $1.5 / month for (the freely available) Download Accelerator Plus. Over 3 years, this would add up to being (3 x 16.99 + 1.5 x 36) a total of $104.97.

This same unusual offer (with mildly rebranded and altered layouts) is available under a number of sites.

p.s. A few other users have had issues with this company — check out their reports at ripoffreport.com.

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