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on 20 March 2012
I always renew my annual subscription for McAfee Internet Security by buying it from Amazon, rather than accepting the renew option direct from McAfee. Doing so saved me more than £20 this time.
Care needs to be taken when following the instructions. I normally use the CD-ROM, but this time I first tried to do so using the recommended direct internet link included in the instructions. It didn't work, giving only an error message from McAfee, implying there was something invalid with the package I had purchased. I suspected that this was the McAfee website trying to "con" me into accepting their download link and paying more than twice what it cost from Amazon! I ignored this and chose to "download using the CD-ROM".
As I've previously experienced, this method worked with no issues. However, during product activation, you need to input the key code provided with the package, which results in a new subscription in your McAfee account, and IGNORE all the 'current' or old subscription data which McAfee does not clear from your account, preferring to use this to "frighten" the unwary into renewing these old and obsolete subscriptions by mistake, at a rip-off price.
Updating your McAfee subscription in this way, rather than getting it direct from McAfee, has added security for the purchaser by ensuring only Amazon has your payment account details, not McAfee.
My daughter did not renew her direct McAfee subscription last year, because I had bought her an Apple Macbook Pro with Intego VirusBarrier protection software, to replace her now obsolete Microsoft XP laptop. However, because McAfee had her bank account details, it took a year's subscription out of her account even though she had stopped using her old laptop and therefore did not choose to renew her subscription, nor did she download any software updates from McAfee well before the subscription period ended. It took a number of phone calls, and much stress on her part to get McAfee to return the monies which it had "stolen" from her account, and received no apology from them.
I therefore highly recommend you always purchase your renewed McAfee subscription, like I do, from Amazon - to ensure real savings and added security.
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3.7 out of 5 stars
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