My problem was that I had already undone my relationship with Kaspersky firewall, etc. And replaced it with McAfee.
Kaspersky, Norton, McAfee, etc make it extremely difficult to opt out / discontinue renewal, etc. So, I called AmEx in advance to tell them not to accept the charge, etc. Which they said they couldn't do.
What I may decide to do is get a card specifically as a one year card, place these annual, but recurring charges on it, and discontinue the card after six months. That way the company has to contact me to get renewal info and consent.
“It must be remembered that there is nothing more difficult to plan, more doubtful of success, nor more dangerous to manage than a new system. For the initiator has the enmity of all who would profit by the preservation of the old institution and merely lukewarm defenders in those who gain by the new ones. ”
― Niccolò Machiavelli