Virus Updates

I just recently purchased a new Dell PC (a Pentium 4 2.4Ghz to upgrade from my older dual P3 450 MHz).

A non-optional part of the bundle was a 90 day free subscription to McAfees VirusScan software. I (touching metaphorical wood) have never had a problem with Virus’ on my PC’s (I put it down to good clean living habits). So I turned the software off (no point wasiing cycles) though I left it installed.

Leaving it installed means that it still does it’s regular online update process. Something like 9 out of the last 10 days I’ve sat down at my PC there’s a pop-up from VirusScan suggesting I go online to update my virus software. I can only think of three reasons for this :

1) VirusScan is full of bugs
2) There really are a hell of a lot of virii out there for Windows (clearly more than the PC media picks up)
3) ‘They’ know this is a short term bundled subscription and want to use possibility number 2 to scare me into paying for the continuing service (they also remind me at each update) that I should send them 9.95 to get a CD with the software ‘just in case’

Sorry guys – I’m not buying !

Posted under Personal

This post was written by awk on February 27, 2003

1 Comment so far

  1. Chris Simmons March 6, 2003 2:47 am

    Sounds like you’re using the wrong OS?


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