McAffee is expensive
Geo-orge... Time is money, man.
Had anyone told you how much time you would have lost due to using Norton/not having McAffee before you got your first Norton, would you have thought it expensive then?
It's like someone [reputable and trustworthy] saying "Give me $100.00 and I'm going to save you $10,000.00." About the right ratio of time-dollars saved over a relatively short period of time. The other guy [approximately the same reputation] says "Give me $50.00 for the same thing." Who you're gonna call?
Going the cheap route, more often than not, all too frequently turns out to be the expensive route. I'm not scolding you, George, because like yourself I took the cheap route as well. Listen, I've had Norton's since the days before Windows. It was the best [and only] then, and has been living off his reputation. I now think of N to Netscrape as M relates to IE.
Some like to laugh at others when they express certain things that did not work out for them, and at a costly expense. I trust, however, that most of this readership is way beyond that adolescent, immature stage and can learn from others' tribulations. Remember, George, you can tell the seasoning of the pioneers by counting the arrow-holes.
You are right about "smart-viruses," George. They come in Java and dll flavors and can take over a machine. There are others which are difficult to detect that reside in memory. There are warnings, horror stories, and visions of what to come postes on some of the anti-virus websites.
The results of my striving to separate my workhorse computers from the internet and email did not come soon enough.