Antivirus subscription prices climb

By Derek Sooman on November 10, 2004, 1:45 PM
You know, we do a lot of stories here at Techspot about viruses, trojans, worms and all sorts of other nasties. They always seem to be in the news. OK, probably 90% of them are written by some 45 year old person who lives with his Mom, but you have to admit that Antivirus software companies must have to work hard to keep up. Now then, is it any wonder that antivirus subscription prices are climbing?

Some facts:

Symantec recently increased renewal prices for subscriptions to its Norton AntiVirus and Norton System Works software to US$20.

McAfee prices have climbed steadily in recent years, from $5 in 2000 to $20 today for off-the-shelf versions of its VirusScan product.

Some tech folks say its because of all new Internet threats; others say its competition in the antivirus market from software giant Microsoft, who has made no secret of its intentions to enter the market.

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Mictlantecuhtli said:
I don't understand that. If I predict correctly, Microsoft will enter the market providing antivirus updates for free until competition is gone, so why are they increasing prices?
Astro said:
For me it seems crazy that MS is getting into this. Not for them, because it's good business, but it just seems wrong. They make a product that is full of security holes and bugs and all this mess, then they want to sell you a separate product to protect it. How about making it better in the first place without charging people for protection? It almost goes back to the old days of the Mafia asking for protection money if you lived in their neighborhood.
Tarkus said:
Well there's always the free AV software. I can't vouch for how good it is but 3 of my computers run it and haven't gotten a virus, or trapped one either...AVG Free Edition - [url][/url]Avast! 4 Home (free) - [url][/url]There's also the annoying fact that they have a new version every year and they try and discourage you from renewing the older version. Of course the new version is only $10 cheaper as an upgrade than if you bought it for the first time ever. (Quite unlike Winzip that I bought in 1995 and still get free upgrades!)[Edited by Tarkus on 2004-11-11 12:45:31]
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