Week of August 19, 2019 (see last week)
Four Antivirus Programs Tied for First Place
AV-Test just revealed its test results of antivirus programs for home use. Four software programs had perfect scores of 6, including a free one that has been much maligned in the past: Windows Defender, Kaspersky Internet Security 19.0, Norton Security 22.17, F-Secure Safe 17.
Hotel Booking Sites Mislead Travelers With "1 Room Left" Warnings
You've probably seen the latest Trivago commercial where a group of guys at a hotel buffet all boast that they booked the last room available there a month earlier. Then the Trivago spokesperson says he booked a room there just 24 hours earlier at an even lower rate. According to a new study by Consumers' Checkbook, hotel booking sites routinely mislead travelers about the actual availability of rooms to make it appear if you don't act now you will lose your chance at a room.
Window and Patio Door Brands Rated
Here's a different category of products recently evaluated by J.D. Power -- patio doors and windows. We've all seen tons of commercials for these things, and it is hard to know which are the really good brands. Almost 3,000 purchasers were questioned about appearance, design, performance, durability, and warranty. Infinity by Marvin, Renewal by Andersen, and Window World topped the ratings. See all the brand ratings.
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Mouse Print* -- You Can't Even Peruse This Sale Without Signing Your Rights Away
All-Clad ran a big factory seconds and dented box sale last week. But, before you could even look at what items were sale and at what prices, the company made you agree to a lengthy set of terms and conditions including a "what you see may not be what you get" provision.
That is our Mouse Print* story this week.
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Bargain of the Week
Up to $16 in Free Bic Gel Pens Via Rebate
Bic is running a very generous mail-in rebate offer on any size package of Gel-ocity pens -- up to $16 back. Some stores have packages with 16 pens for less than $16. This 24-pack is under $14 at Amazon. Purchase must be made by September 7. Read rebate form carefully.
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How to Save Money Buying Replacement Tires
More than 30,000 Consumer Reports readers said they had recently bought tires. The magazine calculated the average prices they paid and offers tips on how to save money and get extra perks when buying replacement tires.
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