I had a moment of panic over the weekend when the good folks at Grisoft informed me that my AVG Anti-Virus software was not going to be supported in a month or so. They offered to update and upgrade me to AVG 7.5 for a mere $30. I thought, great I have to find a new free anti-virus application.
But it turns out that Grisoft was just taking the opportunity to sell me a version of their software while leaving out the fact that I could download a free copy of version 7.5 if I was so inclined. It's not that I don't think Grisoft should get some compensation for their fine application, but I have become so accustomed to getting it for free that paying for it just seems wrong somehow.
Besides, I could get by without an anti-virus application if I had to -- I don't surf to unknown places very often. But I have been hit with a malware bomb before, and I want to make sure that doesn't happen again. So I will happily continue to use AVG, current version 7.5, and will confidently recommend it to anyone who asks me for advice on such matters.
Mark Kaelin is a CBS Interactive Senior Editor for TechRepublic. He is the host for the Microsoft Windows and Office blog, the Google in the Enterprise blog, the Five Apps blog and the Big Data Analytics blog.