Customers Bail After Symantec Ends NRA Membership Deals

Symantec Boycott
Symantec Boycott

Virginia – -( Symantec is ending a partnership deal with the National Rifle Association amid backlash against it after the recent school shooting in Parkland, Fla.

The cybersecurity giant said on Twitter that it “has stopped its discount program with the National Rifle Association.”

Thanks to member Nick Benipayo for sharing this in response to our alert dated March 2, 2018 item 12:

With regard to item 12, Norton antivirus (by Symantec) has a policy that if a product was purchased or renewed in the last 60 days, you may request a full refund.

I went through the process via an online chat with their support center and received a full refund for my subscription that just renewed at the beginning of last month. The chat lasted about 15 minutes. They tried to offer a 50% refund and two years subscription for free, however, on principle, I declined.

When asked why I was leaving, I told them that I cannot willingly spend my money on a company that is hostile to gun owners and gun rights organizations in order to please a small, but very vocal minority.

The support staff was polite and I rendered the same level of respect.

If you have not renewed or purchased a subscription in the last 60 days, but still have an active product, you can cancel your automatic renewal and move to another product at the time your product license expires. I’m sure they measure some consumer metric by the number of auto-renewal subscriptions in effect, and if enough gun owners do this, it may send a message of some sort. Whether they would care or not is anyone’s guess.

As an alternative, there’s Bitdefender, McAfee, and a tremendous amount of other well performing antivirus companies to choose from. I chose to go with bitdefender because of it’s coverage on all of my devices (Mac, windows, Android) with one license and very good reviews.


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I cancelled my automatic subscription on six PC’s when Symantec took their anti-second amendment position. My subscriptions are up in 6 days. Tried to go to their web site to tell them WHY I am leaving, but they REALLY don’t make it easy to contact them. I’ve been a customer of theirs since Peter Norton wrote his first book about IBM DOS in 1981 or 82, but no more.


Why not try a little “collusion” and get a subscription to Kaspersky Total Security!

Chris H.

Don’t forget that the parent company of Norton now owns Lifelock.

Marc DV.

And Another Company Will Slowly
Wither and Die from Poor Management !

Dr. Strangelove

Norton was kind enough to send me a survey and I not only would not renew, but I wouldn’t recommend their product to anyone due to their policy.


I’m surprised Norton is still around. I dropped them years ago because their tests showed they were not very good at catching bad things. McAfee is not much better even after they were bought out. Kaspersky was good but they are Russian so I didn’t think I needed to deal with any of that. All said and done, you didn’t loose much when you lost Norton.


Try Avast Internet Security. They have an excellent program I have used them for many years now without any incidences they couldn’t handle.

Jim Macklin

When the nation forgets its history and the Constitution after any terrorist or lunatic attack we are doomed to always be on the defense. THEY can kill any time THEY want and we don’t know when or where. The “law” says WE cannot be at the point of attack so THEY can always rack up a few dead bodies. We have to stand with and behind the NRA. Destruction of the NRA is their goal since the NRA is all most of THEM know.. Support GOA, SAF, Crime Research [ John Lott ] too but all [ for now ]… Read more »

Raymond Miller

I quit Norton years ago, I renewed my membership two years in a row and they never had a record of it, no matter how often I called and spoke to them they kept E-mailing me that my subscription had expired. I switched to MacAfee and have had no problems. In general, Norton SUCKS.


DEATH OF THE UNITED STATES This type of political correctness and liberal socialist insanity will continue and grow–you are seeing the death of our nation which started most aggressively with the Obama crew and even with president Trump fighting against it, it will not slow down much since there are so many Obama cockroaches embedded in government and of course the lying major media and just dumb citizenry. If the living skeleton Ruth Ginsberg will give us all a break and just die so we can try to get a better justice on the Supreme Court–her plan as a staunch… Read more »

Bob Koceja

These companies need us more than we need them. I dropped NETFLIX because they appointed Susan Rice to their board of directors. And you know what, it didn’t hurt a bit.

Clayton Edwards

All of this virtue posturing is due to trying to villifying a legal product and members of our society who now have resist being silenced by left as well as decieved school kids. The anti gun groups need thier diapers changed due to shame game!


Our company was looking at Symantec for products. I pulled the plug on it because of their liberal uniformed politics (Mountain View – says it all) I live in SoCA and this place is a poster child for 2nd Amendment and Gun Haters! Nancy, Diane, Barbara, and Jerry do I need to say more?

Wild Bill

, You have provided the best news that I have read in a month. My hat is off to you, sir!


I 2nd (see the pun there) what Wild Bill said. Thank you.


Thank you for the information. While I am ineligible for refund, I did switch the auto-renew to off, losing a feature that was a ‘perk” for the auto renew participation. I also contacted support to let them know why I made the change.
Let’s hope they have a “yeti-moment” and change their stance.

Santiago Sapitan

Another alternative product, one which I’ve used for the past 6 years, Webroot. I retired from the network engineering field and it was the preferred anti-virus of our high lever techs. I highly recommend.

Grim Reaper

Believe me there’s nothing free from Comcast. It’s included under the enormus fee umbrella they inflict on their customers.

Big Lou

You got that right.


You should know that Norton is a freebie for Comcast subscribers.


The free version of Norton from Comcast is limited.