A while back I bought a Dell laptop to have a machine upon which to run XP, for various reasons. That machine is a pig, but that’s a story for another day. As all new Dell machines appear to, it came with “limited” versions of a number of McAfee software: VirusScan, Firewall, a few others. These McAfee apps are filled with “nag” screens that could not be more annoying. They make offers every day it seems. To say nothing of the constant flow of spam they send me.
I guess like spam at large, they wouldn’t be doing it unless it worked (by some definition of “work”) but in my case, this approach has caused me to become actively hostile to McAfee (if not Dell) and I finally just could not stand it any longer and I’m removing this “free” software, with malice, and I will be sure to avoid all McAfee products in the future.