On the other hand, if it isn't in any way better than the alternatives, then why did they bother creating it?
So that John Q. MySpace User who doesn't know enough about antivirus software to go looking for AVG or Avast will essentially have it delivered to his doorstep? Some protection is better than none, and people who know the least about security issues are the most at risk, really.
And, it's at minimal expense to taxpayers, since the writers are consulting pro bono.
Just goes to show, nobody wants to pay writers. Absolutely nobody.
If it happens once, it's a bug. If it happens twice, it's a feature. If it happens more than twice, it's a design philosophy.