McAfee Security said it would hand out free copies of its McAfee SpamKiller on July 4 at selected retailers, as part of its "Independence from Spam Day" promotion.
The first 20 visitors to each of 922 OfficeMax stores around the country will receive a free version of the SpamKiller software. In addition, the first 1,776 vistors to the mcafee.com web site on July 4 will also receive a free version of the software. McAfee did not say which time zone the company uses for its site.
Through the months of July through September, McAfee will offer SpamGuard free with a purchase of McAfee VirusScan through a mail-in rebate.
"Consumers freedom on the Internet is being challenged by billions of unwanted, unsolicited email spam messages every day, akin to the intrusive calls of telemarketers at dinnertime or when youre on an important call," said Lisa Henderson, vice president of consumer marketing, for the McAfee Consumer division at Network Associates, in a statement. "McAfee SpamKiller is a powerful technology that helps consumers eliminate clogged inboxes -- saving them time and allowing them to use the Internet the way it was intended."