CA pulls InoculateIT personal edition

Computer Associates International last week withdrew its 2-year-old free antivirus software service, InoculateIT Personal Edition. The vendor now offers my-eTrust.com, a new service with software at a cost.

CA has ended the InoculateIT Personal Edition, eTrust Mail Watcher and eTrust Content Inspection Personal Edition promotional programs, although current users will still get updates as long as the software is installed on their personal computer, running one of the supported operating systems, CA says.

Customers visiting CA's antivirus site (http://antivirus.cai.com/) are now directed to visit my-eTrust.com. CA's online store offers security products sold on a subscription basis and is targeted at home and small-business users.

A package protecting against viruses, eTrust Antivirus, costs US$20 for the first year and $10 for subsequent years. CA's product is less expensive than some of the competition. McAfee.com offers virus protection for $25 a year, and Symantec offers Norton AntiVirus 2001 Version 7.0 for $40, which includes one year of virus definition updates.

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