some are of the view that if you pay for an AV program it will be of superior quality and work far better than a free program
provided you have a preferably free av program ( I am with avg) and update it daily, and also have additional protection with for instance, adaware, sybot, a squared etc. ( all also free) then you should be OK assuming you surf safely and avoid downloading dodgy emails etc
If you have a paid for Anti virus then yes you do have to pay after the first year. The advantage of buying the new program a year on is you might get a newer program, not always as sometimes the normal updates give you the newer program as well, the advantage of paying a subscription for another year and sticking with what you have is it is cheaper than buying the whole program again.
Its not a scam metabolee. I appreciate you say didn't know this but its common, if you instaled it yourself it would have stated it in one of the screens when you loaded it up plus it would have said on the box something like one year of free updates included and if there was a manual it would also say in that.
You could either pay a subscription for a year or buy the latest version - which will again last one year only or delete the paid for one and try one of the free ones. Its up to you.
Update emails several times a day is a good reason *not* to have AVG paid-for if you ask me! I can't stand bustling officious software that constantly tells me how wonderful it is. And I get more than enough email without that kind of regular missive.
Just a point regarding free AVG updates,when im using the router setup i have in a different location,AVG free auto updates. My other system connected via usb speedtouch 330 also using AVG free has to be manually updated.
My PC was pre-installed with a paid-for scanner but after the first year I changed to the free (for home users) Avast: click here and have used it for three years with no problems. You have to register and it does update automatically.