Anti-virus scam

posted by Jeff | Tuesday, March 6, 2007, 2:28 PM | comments: 7

Anti-virus software is a $4 billion a year industry. Can you believe that? That's a lot of cash.

About a year ago, I was annoyed since my McAfee subscription was about to run out. I remember a day when the software makers didn't charge for updates after a year. But now, you can't avoid it. I was reminded of this because I sold my Dell laptop to a new friend, and she's annoyed that it costs so much to keep it protected.

I say "reminded" because I have a Mac now. I'm one year virus free because Macs don't have virus issues.

Yet another reason I'm glad that I switched.


Neuski, March 6, 2007, 7:43 PM #

Yet another reason I want to switch everyone close to me.

guts, March 6, 2007, 9:51 PM #

My philosophy....

Buy the tax software and the antivirus is free, year after year after year. You get one year of virus updates, enough that should get you through until the following years tax deals.

Walt, March 7, 2007, 2:46 PM #

Neuski, March 7, 2007, 2:56 PM #

Mac users are smug about everything.

Jeff, March 7, 2007, 5:17 PM #

You should see the "discussion" on my tech blog. Bunch of Windows fanboys. They can't seem to accept that I simply don't need anti-virus software in OS X.

B, March 8, 2007, 6:30 PM #

Joe, March 12, 2007, 3:56 AM #

Jeff, point your friend to They make AVG, and it's a great antivirus program. What makes it even better for us Windows users is that it's free.

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