I think they mean free _standalone_ AV. And the main goal of that words is to ensure users to use protection suites instead of standalone AV's. Well, of course they offer their own _paid_ solution, that is natural.
I think if they meant standalone, they would have said
standalone. Free is a very odd choice of words if they meant standalone. Not to mention that they mention "more mature paid suites" in the same sentence. Nobody (with the exception of you apparently, no offense intended...) is going to infer that "free" means anything other than something you don't have to pay for
, in that context...
I used to be a Symantec fan back when they were pretty much the
game in town. It didn't take me long to become disillusioned with the continuing licensing and AV update fees.
The straw that broke the camels back for me though was when it stopped letting me update. Email to tech support suggested that something had become corrupted and I should try a clean uninstall, then reinstall and described exactly how to do it. Following the instructions to the letter, I was a bit surprised when it wouldn't let me reinstall it because parts of it were still there. Ummm... So what does clean uninstall
mean to you guys?
After doing a bit of research on the internet and finding that even Symantecs own methods still leave bits and pieces of it all over the system, I hunted down every last lingering piece of what If I remember correctly, was System Works 2000 and promptly went with another product...
Sure, they may have changed some in 9 years, but I doubt it.