How paid antivirus companies fool you (or paid computer manufacturers fool you).


I had created a podcast on buying a new computer, but haven’t placed it up yet.  One of the things that I mentioned in the podcast was choosing the security software that would come installed on your computer.  I mentioned how you can easily be fooled into thinking that you’re protected—when you aren’t.

Here’s how it works.  You purchase that brand new PC from Dell, HP, Gateway/E-Machines, Acer, or from your local store (Wal-mart, BestBuy, Staples, etc).  When you turn it on the first time, you’re presented with the “Trail version of “ some antivirus program or security suite (Antivirus, AntiSpyware, and Firewall).  IF you register it with them, you’ll receive e-mails about the trial.  If not, then you’ll just get the occasional box that says your trial is about to expire or has expired. 

A coworker of mine kept getting errors from his Symantec Antivirus whenever he started the computer (with a link for information).  He had the computer for 1 year, so for 9 months he didn’t have any updates.

What needs to happen is that when you purchase the computer (whether it be online, via phone, or from a brick-and-mortar store) the sales people need to make absolutely sure that you understand that in “x Days” you will need to pay for the security or uninstall it and replace it.  In fact they could go so far as to help you RIGHT THEN AND THERE to pay for the security program—so all you have to do is get the license key and put it in when you get home.  But they won’t do that.

What I’m saying here is be more aware.  If you’ve just purchased a new computer, check the status of your Antivirus and Security software.  If it’s still in trial, decide if you want it or not—and either pay for the subscription or uninstall it and find another one.  If you’re out of the trial then you definitely need to make the decision NOW.

This is definitely NOT a rant on whether this antivirus is better than that one.  In truth, while I have my opinions, I don’t care which brand you use.  As long as you use one that’s reputable and you keep it updated.  If not, then you’re asking for trouble with a “T”.

Have a great day:)

Patrick.

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