Protect your PC with Panda Internet Security 2008, free after rebate

Newegg has this full-featured security suite, which includes three licenses, for free after a $40 mail-in rebate. Shipping is free as well.

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Get this 3-user security suite free after rebate. Newegg

Security software: necessary evil or just evil? I tend to think it's the latter, though many would argue it's very necessary and not evil at all. If you fall into that camp (or know a tech doofus who does), check out this deal from Newegg: Panda Internet Security 2008 (3-user edition) shipped to your door for zero dollars. Well, actually, for $40, but you get it back in rebate form.

The Panda package bills itself as a "total security solution," offering anti-virus, anti-spyware, anti-phishing, anti-spam, and possibly anti-matter and anti-depressants (checking on those). It also offers rootkit protection, a two-way firewall, parental controls, and loads of other false-hope--er, safety--features.

CNET hasn't reviewed the suite, but four users spoke up about it on the product page. As with most security suites, some loved it, others hated it. If you don't mind waiting to get your money back and do want hardcore protection against the horrors of the Internet, you can't beat free. The rebate deal [PDF] expires Aug. 16.