Here’s a question I wanted to put out to all of you. I currently use AVG Anti-Virus. This is despite having had one years of free McAfee Anti-Virus over the last year (with my broadband subscription) and at the moment I’ve got a free 3 month subscription to Norton Anti-Virus (I haven’t even installed it).
I only managed to use McAfee for about 2 days before deciding it was a resource hog. Recently, I recieved no fewer than eight e-mails from McAfee in short succession asking me to renew my subscription. Subject in bold and quote from email below. In chronological order:
- SecurityCenter Early Renewal Special, Save Up To 20%
“Don’t get left behind. Hurry, these special offers expire 29 February 2008.”
- Renew your McAfee Internet Security by 31st March and get 50% off!
“We are offering you an early renewal price of just £24.99, so once your initial 1 year trial ends you will benefit from an additional 12 months protection for half the normal price.”
- OFFERS END SOON – SAVE up to 37% on SecurityCenter Renewal
“Deals like these don’t come your way very often, so jump on this chance to save a bundle on powerful new 8-in-1 SecurityCenter. Don’t wait, because these offers expire 2 April 2008.”
- Save 30% on 3 Years of New SecurityCenter
“See, it really does pay to buy in bulk. Do it soon, because this three-year special offer expires 24 April 2008.”
- This is your last chance before curtains come down
“To take advantage of these substantial savings click below, the special renewal offers will expire 30 April 2008.”
- Your PC Protection Expires in 7 Days.
“Your subscription expires on: 19/04/2008.”
- Your PC Protection Expires Today.
“Don’t risk any interruption in your safety, renew your McAfee Internet Security Suite 3 user license subscription now for just £33.49, save 33% off the regular price.”
- RENEW NOW, Save 30% on 2 years of SecurityCenter
“Don’t wait, because this two-year offer expires 9 May 2008.”
As you can see, McAfee are pretty desperate to get me to renew. The deadline for a renewal was extended seven times and the amount of saving fluctuated everywhere. And interestingly, renewing 7 days before the end of the subscription would have meant paying the full price whilst renewing on the day it ended, you would have saved 33%.
What I’d be really interested in is this: which anti-virus solution do you use? Is it worth paying for anti-virus? Should Mac and Linux users install anti-virus?