Antivirus Vendors Shift to Automatic Fees

I have read elsewhere that most security software companies had adapted this policy under the guise of keeping their customers protected. But the unfortunate thing is that it makes it difficult for the consumer to opt out from using the vendors wares. Some of us like to have options. And some of us no longer pay fees for subscriptions and have discovered that free products are just as good.

Read about the free options that are available.

“Annual charges are typical and sometimes hard to stop.

It took Michael Kelly just minutes to buy McAfee’s software. But getting the antivirus vendor to stop charging his credit card was another matter altogether.

McAfee is on the vanguard of a new trend in the security software industry: selling software as a service that is automatically billed each year. McAfee began automatically renewing customers in 2001, but over the past year the practice has become much more common, as Symantec and Microsoft, with its new Windows Live OneCare Products, have adopted the automatic renewals.” [Source: PC World].

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Why free security software is your best bet

If you dislike spending $70 on a drab product like antivirus software or bristle at the intrusiveness of security software suites, this story’s for you.

Washington Post personal technology columnist Rob Pegoraro has just reviewed the major security packages from the likes of McAfee, Symantec, and Trend Micro, and he doesn’t really like any of them. He finds the antivirus-spyware-phishing-firewall suites expensive, too taxing on your computer, and sometime ineffective.

Pegoraro says the better solution is to mix and match free security tools you can get through Windows or on the Internet. These include Windows Defender, AVG, Avast, and the firewall built into Windows XP.

Full story here.

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Online Shoppers Await 'Cyber Monday

It should be interesting to see if this coming Monday fulfills, what is fondly referred to as Cyber Monday, the ambitions of online retailers. I know that where I live, Black Friday was a huge shot in the arm for retailers.

Just as retail shoppers are recovering from Black Friday, online shoppers are about to face Cyber Monday. Monday is the unofficial start of the online holiday shopping season when office workers fresh from their Thanksgiving break hit the online stores from the comfort of their workplaces. Contrary to what some believe, it’s not the biggest online shopping day of the year according to Kamran Pourzanjani President of “It’s a big day for shopping obviously but it’s not the busiest day. That doesn’t come for another couple of weeks.” Mr. Pourzanjani said that activity on Pricegrabber on the day after thanksgiving was 30 percent higher than that day last year.

Traffic on Thursday was heavy enough to disrupt traffic on, and Disney online shopping sites. Internet servers, like brick and mortar stores, are designed to handle a certain capacity and if they’re overwhelmed, they can slow down or even shut down. If there is a surge of traffic on Monday and sites don’t prepare, we could see more outages if they become overwhelmed.”

Read the full story here.

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Try Windows Live OneCare today for FREE !

I’ve been bets testing Live OneCare for the past several months and it works very well. This is what Microsoft has to say about their product.

“Help get confidence and peace of mind. Windows Live OneCare is always on, working quietly in the background on your computer, helping protect your PC from viruses, spyware, hackers, and other unwanted intruders. It also goes beyond security, regularly backing up all your important files and automatically cleaning up and tuning up your PC to help keep it running at top speed.

Your OneCare service* comes with:


  • Removes viruses, worms, and Trojan horses
  • Scans and cleans attachments, downloads, and other files
  • Updates automatically to counteract new threats


  • Uses Windows® Defender to helps protect your PC against pop-ups, slow performance, and security breaches

Two-Way Firewall

  • Helps protect your PC from hackers when you send or receive data over the Internet
  • Updates continuously to block harmful applications

Performance Tune-ups

  • Automatically defragments your hard disk, cleans and compresses temporary files, and installs operating-system updates from Microsoft

Backup and Restore

  • Helps protect your files by regularly backing them up to a CD, DVD, or external hard drive”

Get your free copy from here.

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