This is Messed up! Internet Security Programs... just want money!...

@nanciem (1106)
United States
August 1, 2008 2:32pm CST
Hi all! get this crap.... I WAS using Mcafee security center to protect my laptop from virus/intrusion etc. Well it expired, i was not really concerned as I was installing a new product. WELL... today I noticed that certain e-mails that were sent to me from one particualr domain, which happens to be my work account were not coming through, so... being I do work in IT for this company, right away I figured.. "Oh My gosh...My home ISP has blacklisted my work domain" HOLY Carp, I have to take care of this right away.. I thought, checked all blacklisted sites... Nada, no blacklist, call my work ISP... not listed and no problems on their end. I call MY home ISP, optonline.. and VIOLA.. we figured out it was my subscription expired to my security program and McAfee automatically configured my system to block mail from my work account... HOWEVER, all other e-mails came through, pretty odd isn't it. I phoned their technical support and explained what I had discovered, and they confirmed my subscription had expired DUH, I know that geniuses!.. They said McAfee reconfigured to Protect My computer.. what a Bunch of HOGWASH! I find it very strange that the ONLY domain name being blocked was my work domain. Be careful all! I am sure it is setup so that when your subscription DOES expire, something goes wrong, firewall, internet access, e-mail.. just so you call, find out you have to renew your subscription and pay money. I think this is frigged up! Don't you?
2 responses
@tinkerick (1256)
• United States
1 Aug 08
I hear ya. That's why I don't pay for the service at home. I use Avast Antivirus http://www.avast.com It's free for home use. You just have to get a new registration code every year, but it doesn't reconfigure settings! LOL
@nanciem (1106)
• United States
1 Aug 08
Oh cool.. tyvm tinkerick!
@movicont (495)
• United States
1 Aug 08
Yeah, McAfee is quite bad in that regard. In general, don't use either McAfee or Norton--both take up superb amounts of memory, charge absurd prices, and just don't work. Some free (and good) alternatives include Avast (http://www.avast.com/) and AVG (http://free.avg.com/). Personally though, if you're careful on the internet, a browser like Firefox with NoScript and Adblock installed should take care of most viral problems. If, on the other hand, you download many files from dubious sources (torrents?), then you might need anti-virus software. Otherwise, you can take care of yourself fine with FF and those plugins. Good luck!