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BoraMurdar

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Keep up with and understand the rules around entering official MalwareTips Giveaways and sharing a giveaway or a deal you find on the web with our Community.

NO PURCHASE OR PAYMENT OF ANY KIND IS NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN GIVEAWAYS ON MALWARETIPS.

Giveaways and Promotions forum on MalwareTips is divided into 3 individual subforums for easier navigation and content categorization. Those are :
  1. Giveaways, Promotions, and Contests
  2. Discounts & Deals
  3. MalwareTips Giveaways
Note: there is an additional subforum of Giveaways, Promotions, and Contests named Giveaways Archive where all expired giveaways and offers are stored.


INTRODUCTION

[JUSTIFY]All giveaways, promotions, offers, deals, and discounts are organized, conducted and shared in terms and boundaries of our Forum Rules. We are a Security-oriented forum so our giveaways are and should be no different. Everything posted on this forum must, in a way, be connected to a field of Security, Privacy, and System Maintenance. Only software giveaways are allowed, so abstain from posting anything else. Everything you win on this forum is stored in a digital-only form. We reserve the right to change this in the future. All giveaways and deals on MalwareTips can be internal and external. Internal giveaways or Official MalwareTips Giveaways can only be run by staff members. Staff members in charge of the giveaways are @BoraMurdar and @Exterminator.[/JUSTIFY]


[JUSTIFY]GIVEAWAYS, PROMOTIONS, AND CONTESTS RULES[/JUSTIFY]

[JUSTIFY]This forum contains threads about giveaways, promotions, and contests for security software and apps.[/JUSTIFY]
  1. [JUSTIFY]Security, Privacy or System Maintenance software - Check that it's orientated around user security, system maintenance, and privacy. Other types of software will not be approved and will be deleted on spot without user consent.[/JUSTIFY]
  2. [JUSTIFY]Avoid duplicates - Make sure you are not posting a giveaway that already exists on MalwareTips. Use the search option to check that or search through a couple of pages.[/JUSTIFY]
  3. [JUSTIFY]Avoid posting your own giveaways - if you have 5 (five), or more, genuine license keys for a product applicable to be posted as a giveaway, and you want to be generous and share with our community, you can send a private message to staff members in charge. Posting license keys or any other kind of software activation anywhere is forbidden.[/JUSTIFY]
  4. [JUSTIFY]Publicly Available - No registration required in order to qualify. Exception(s); Social Networks such as Facebook, Twitter and Google Plus are allowed.[/JUSTIFY]
  5. [JUSTIFY]No Geo-Restricted giveaways - Make sure that giveaway you are sharing is not limited to a specific country, state, region, or a continent. Using VPN to fool the system in order to obtain a license for yourself and/or others is not allowed to be discussed on MalwareTips.[/JUSTIFY]
  6. [JUSTIFY]50 Licenses Minimum for External Contests - Check if there are at least 50 or more winners to external contest you found and want to share.[/JUSTIFY]
  7. [JUSTIFY]Scan URLs - Check the links are malware-free. We recommend using a tool like VirusTotal or URLVoid to check the status of the promotion site you are about to share.[/JUSTIFY]
  8. [JUSTIFY]Scan installers - if the giveaway is in a form of preactivated installer or installer without activation needed please scan it with VirusTotal and post the result inside of the thread. Links for software installers should be from the vendor's website or another reputable download service. If it is a personal link such as "Mediafire" or similar, please post that you have scanned it & it is clean. These links should not be from any other source other than the original posters own personal link.[/JUSTIFY]
  9. [JUSTIFY]No Affiliated Links - Link directly to the Promo/Giveaway page only, referral URLs are not allowed. Redirecting users to your personal site is not allowed.[/JUSTIFY]
  10. [JUSTIFY]Do not post links hiding behind URL shorteners like Bitly, TinyURL and similar.[/JUSTIFY]
  11. [JUSTIFY]No keygens, trial reset programs, patches, fake name, and credit card generators or any links to them. These will be deleted and a warning sent.[/JUSTIFY]
  12. [JUSTIFY]Before making the giveaway thread check the guidelines How to properly share a giveaway on MalwareTips[/JUSTIFY]
  13. [JUSTIFY]Check where the giveaway is originally hosted. Some giveaways last for a long time and are posted on numerous sites and forums, but try to find where the giveaway originally came from. It shouldn't be that hard if you just Google it. If you are still unsure post the most subjectively known source. Sites that pretend to be original hosters of the giveaways by asking members to register in order to obtain a license for which no registration is needed on the original source site or similar manipulations we do not tolerate and therefore we cannot recommend those sites. As a security-oriented Forum, we fight against all kinds of an end-user deceive.[/JUSTIFY]
  14. We do not recommend these sites as sources based on their practices:
    1. [JUSTIFY]howbigdeal
      Code:
      http://www.windowsdeal.com/
      [/JUSTIFY]
    2. [JUSTIFY]topsoftbargains
      Code:
      http://www.topsoftbargains.com/product-category/giveaways/
      [/JUSTIFY]
    3. [JUSTIFY]TopWareSale
      Code:
      https://topwaresale.com/product-category/software-giveaway/
      [/JUSTIFY]
  15. Make sure you specify and fill all the required fields in order to post a giveaway like a proper :
    • [JUSTIFY]Prefix,[/JUSTIFY]
    • [JUSTIFY]Title,[/JUSTIFY]
    • [JUSTIFY]Brief Overview,[/JUSTIFY]
    • [JUSTIFY]One screenshot of the program,[/JUSTIFY]
    • [JUSTIFY]One link to a product's homepage or a developer's page,[/JUSTIFY]
    • [JUSTIFY]Starting and Ending Date,[/JUSTIFY]
    • [JUSTIFY]The site of Promotion where the giveaway is originally hosted,[/JUSTIFY]
    • [JUSTIFY]Type of Event, so the giveaway can be properly categorized,[/JUSTIFY]
    • [JUSTIFY]Instructions, what a member should do in order to obtain a prize for a giveaway in question,[/JUSTIFY]
    • [JUSTIFY]Tags, for easier content manipulation of the viewers[/JUSTIFY]
  16. [JUSTIFY]Before replying to a giveaway thread you should:
    • Stay on topic and discuss only giveaway instructions and terms, drawing attention to a mistake or misleading of information can be done using the report button and explaining the situation in a proper form. Discussing the product A is better than a product B is not allowed in a Giveaways forums. Use the proper forum for that.
    • Help other members not being able to obtain the license by explaining what they should do. Any license transfer should be done privately via PM.
    • Use the like button to thank the original poster for being generous.
    • Not use one-word replies like "Thanks", "Great" or similar phrases like "You are awesome", "Check your inbox", emoticons, images or combinations of one or the other. If you don't have anything productive to share, just keep it to yourself.
    • Not ask for license exchange. It is against Forum Policy to exchange licenses, activation codes or software in the forums.
    • Not post your personal information such as email addresses, passwords, account information, personal address and or phone number.
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  17. [JUSTIFY]If you forgot to add something, do not make another reply, edit your original thread. If you cannot edit your thread because of some time has passed, then send a PM to a staff in charge and they will edit it for you.[/JUSTIFY]
  18. [JUSTIFY]If the site hosting the giveaway mentioned that the license key for the software in question is same for everyone you can post it by putting it in a form of Code or Spoiler.[/JUSTIFY]
  19. [JUSTIFY]If posting an External Giveaway or Contest, place a reminder somewhere in your post that it is an External Giveaway and members should not post replies here but refer to the link that you provided in your thread to enter.[/JUSTIFY]
  20. [JUSTIFY]If you are posting information from another site and copying & pasting it verbatim then please make use of Quote Tags to include the source.[/JUSTIFY]
  21. [JUSTIFY]If you are uncertain about anything and you need a consultation, feel free to send a private message to a staff in charge of Giveaways.[/JUSTIFY]
  22. [JUSTIFY]Please take all the above rules seriously and take them to heart. Don't try to look for loopholes or try to lawyer your way around them—just understand them and try to respect the spirit in which they were created. Violations of the Terms of Use may result in a warning notification or termination of your account. If your account is terminated you are prohibited from creating any new accounts.[/JUSTIFY]
 
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