I too had just paid for a years worth of McAfee "protection" when I decided that it just wasn't meeting my expectations. I printed out the emails confirming my purchase before removing it......just in case I realized that I NEEDED/WANTED it back. These should contain some contact info, just in case you have an issue re-downloading it.
I figured that, since Microsoft Essentials was free, I had really only paid for a new "learning experience". Since then, I haven't looked back, and have been well-pleased with ME.
If I'm not mistaken, ME also offers FREE office downloads.
Pootie, I'm curious as to which other anti-viral program you run?