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Anti-Virus Auto Renewal – Don’t Do It!!

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Ok, so I am seeing this time and time again and feel the need to share with you all about Auto Renewals for Anti-Virus software.

Let me ask you this, are you absolutely loaded and don’t really care how much you spend?  If this is NOT you then this could be exactly what you are doing when you click the handy button on your Anti-Virus account that says “auto renew”.

The Auto Renew button is designed to make the company money as they don’t make a lot of profit from selling the software itself.  What you are actually signing up to is purchasing the software for the next year at the retail price (which is normally the most expensive) and you don’t have to do a thing.  Very easy to do and I can see why people do it.

The point I am trying to make is that in most cases, you will probably either go into your local town or will buy items online at some point nearing 1 year from when you originally purchased your Anti-Virus software and this is the time to shop around.  Let me give you an example:

Norton Internet Security 2013.  This can currently be purchased (06/03/2013) for £49.99 from PC World.  The auto renewal for this is approx £49.99 so no real difference there.  However, did you know that by looking online you can knock nearly £20.00 off that price?


I know £20.00 isn’t a massive amount these days but when you consider most people stick with the same Anti-Virus for many years, if they have Auto Renew switched on this could be an obvious saving of £100 over 5 years.

Also let’s understand the other benefit from getting your hands on the actual media.  This means that if your PC decides to dramatically crash at any time and you call out some lovely IT guys just like us at Easy PC Advice, then you don’t need to start looking for that password you setup 5 years ago and now cannot remember which now requires you to go through an extreme procedure of providing all your details to the company to get your download back.

If you have Anti-Virus on your PC but don’t remember renewing it for a long time, now might be the best time to check to see if you have been paying over the odds for your security.

For more information on purchasing Anti-Virus software at a permanently low cost, check out our online store and see how you can save.

Many thanks

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