Nope , I just balk at paying a renewal fee annually for a roduct that I can
get for free - that does all the same things , I just have to tell it when .
Automatic everything is the Obamaway ... why lift a finger when you can get
it done with no effort ?
| Why does it have to be free?
They're pretty much all free. It's their business
model: Offer it free for personal use as a loss
leader, to get market share, then charge businesses.
You may not have noticed, but most software
can be had free these days. Often the best is
the free version. It's just the way the market has
gone. I've paid for my disk imaging/partitioning
tool, BootIt. I think it's well worth the price. I've
also paid for Paint Shop Pro. Most other things I
get for free. In many cases the alternative paid
software is grossly overpriced, such as MS Office,
Adobe Photoshop and Acrobat.
Recently I was looking for software to edit videos.
I had a video taken with an iPhone. I wanted to shrink
it, rotate it and save it in a different format. After
a couple of hours finding software that didn't work
or that cost $400+, I found Avidemux. It's free,
very sophisticated, and did all I wanted easily. So
why pay $400? If the other companies were charging
more like $40 then maybe Avidemux wouldn't have
On Tuesday, May 17, 2016 at 4:43:20 PM UTC-4, Mayayana wrote:
Show us where you can buy McAfee or Norton for free for personal
use. Certainly not from them or through any of the retail outlets.
There are people selling it on Ebay, through some questionable
method, probably including getting what's supposed to be an OEM
license and then retailing it. I've also seen it sold where it
came bundled with a new PC and they are unbundling it. The only
way I know you can get either of those for free is by buying it
on a new PC where it's bundled in.
My isp, Comcast, offers Norton for free. They had started with McAfee
but I found it bloated and switched to free Avast. Had some problems
with it and went to Norton when Comcast offered it.
These AV's must compete with each other and constantly try to do better.
I don't use an AV product (only one "exposed" machine and we are pretty
aggressive about watching where we go and what we do, online, attachments,
But, from time to time, I will "retire" the disk and set it aside "as is".
Some time later, I will download the latest "free" AVG and scan the
retired disk: was anything lurking there that we should have been
wary of? do we need to rethink our on-line habits?
This eliminates the performance hit of the AV product. And, the cost and
inconvenience of keeping it current (the time between retiring the disk
and checking it is intended to allow the AV folks to discover any exploits
that might have crept onto the system the day it was retired).
Some time ago, I built an imaging tool that lets me create custom "restore
images" for the laptops I build for nonprofits. This allows the user
to just restore the system to its initial state in a matter of minutes.
(In case of infection, or if they just screw things up during the normal
course of operation)
I'll eventually get around to setting up this machine similarly.
And, just keep a thumb drive for those things that I want to
"preserve" when I restore the drive...
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