Microsoft to deliver free anti-malware to Windows users

Microsoft to deliver free anti-malware to Windows users

Summary: News just in from Microsoft - the company is to offer no-cost anti-malware to Windows users and phase-out sales of Windows Live OneCare subscription.

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News just in from Microsoft - the company is to offer no-cost anti-malware to Windows users and phase-out sales of Windows Live OneCare subscription.

Code-named "Morro," the product, which is scheduled for release during the second half of 2009, will offer protection against viruses, spyware, rootkits and Trojans.

From the press release:

As part of its commitment to provide users with a trustworthy computing experience, Microsoft has announced plans to offer a new, core security solution for consumers. Available at no additional cost,this new solution will focus on delivering easy-to-use protection from threats that can place personal information at risk and harm system performance.

This new anti-malware offering, scheduled to be released in the second half of 2009, will provide protection from a variety of threats – including viruses, spyware, rootkits and Trojans – and is specifically designed to address the demands of smaller PC form factors and the rapid increases in the incidence of global malware. This solution will be suitable for customers in emerging markets where infection rates tend to be higher, and where demand for entry-level PCs makes it even more important that protection be available that does not sacrifice system performance.

As part of the effort to protect the broadest possible range of consumers, Microsoft has also announced it will phase out sales of its Windows Live OneCare subscription offering in order to focus on removing hardware and cost barriers that can limit access to core malware protection.

Two questions ...

  • Do you trust Microsoft to provide security software? (no, I don't ... )
  • How will other security vendors react to this? (badly I guess, unless this application turns out to be next to useless and be an advert for third-party security vendors)

Thoughts?

Topics: Microsoft, Malware, Operating Systems, Security, Software, Windows

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  • You've got questions, we've got answers:

    [i]Do you trust Microsoft to provide security software?[/i]

    No more or less than any other vendor. Maybe they can
    integrate it with UAC. If UAC is off it runs in full featured
    mode. If UAC is on it performs real time scanning on files
    that change after a UAC elevation.

    [i]How will other security vendors react to this?[/i]

    They'll cry foul and rely on anti-trust instead of competing
    through the free market.
    ye
    • "free market"

      Ha, ha, "free market" get it? "free"?

      Ha, ha, I get it, "free" market! Funny!

      (not really)
      CitizenW
    • Jeans, ?10. With some of the holes repaired, ?20 ...

      But that's fine with Ye, because they're Microsoft Jeans.
      fr0thy2
  • Free AV fromm MS

    depending on Microsoft's distribution mode, this app might make a hit. Thing is most average home user can't be bothered or don't know how to go about getting, installing and configuring a new AV. Therefore if MS provides a subtle download link to this app like they did for live messenger in vista, or even better partner with OEMs to release this app on new machines, then unless it is really crappy, then teh avergae user will just keep it. Classic example firefox vs IE. Firefox is clearly better yet IE has the bigger market share, why, simply convenient.
    Carlito_Chippy
    • I agree

      I think how the app is distributed will make the most difference.

      Worst case scenario would be if it ended up being integrated like IE, but turned out to be crappy(IMO I doubt it would get to that point.). Unlike web browsers, two virus-scanners installed on the same machine is asking for trouble.
      AndyCee
    • Firefox is crap!

      I sometimes use it because it's light! Otherwise it's a crap.
      no nonsense
      • I like its adblock and flash block tho.

        I cannot go on internet without them.
        LBiege
        • @no nonsense & LBiege:

          Albeit through gritted teeth and insults, nice to see you both effectively concede by admission of your use of Firefox that is indeed a quality browser :-)
          rikasa
          • Firefox is a fantastic browser.

            As an unabashed, yet caution at times, Microsoft Fan... Firefox is the best browser out there.

            IE7 was a step in the right direction as far as better support for standards but it is way to slow and bulky.

            IE8 Beta 2 has a lot of interesting features and has a lot of potential. I tried it out for about two months but it too is still sluggish compared to Firefox... esp when zooming into a page.

            Firefox is such a breath of fresh air in the browser world. Like any piece of software it isn't with out issues but it currently stands head and shoulders above IE.

            However, if the IE team is able to make IE8 at least 90% as fast as Firefox currently is I would seriously consider switching back to IE. There are a lot of nice features in IE8... oh and they would also have to integrate spell checker into it for me to seriously consider it.
            mikefarinha
          • I'm fair and balanced like always

            Just that I sometime speak out the truth not everyone likes to hear.
            LBiege
      • Please elaborate...

        ...Why do you not like it? I'm not saying your wrong I'm just interested to know.
        DevJonny
  • Oh No Thank Youz

    nt
    no_zd_user_name
  • What does it mean to Symantec?

    And other anti-virus companies?
    LBiege
    • It means diversify or die

      The problem with creating a business model that relies on the failings of one single product is that is the company that produces that product finds its own solution for its product's shortcomings then you have nothing else. Unless you are diversified.
      Michael Kelly
      • It means MS can continue to choose and create the problems

        and leave the other vendors playing catch up ...

        Even with the "internal" advantage MS has, it'll still be a lame product that doesn't live up to 10% of the hype.

        I really hope Microsoft die soon. A nice big crash, and lots of tearful investors ....
        fr0thy2
      • Totally True

        Hahaha! Spot on! :)
        TedKraan
  • wow to trust MS on security thx for the laugh

    well if there one thing i will never do is trust ms on anything
    Quebec-french
    • why not trust them?

      Have you actually seen the application that get targeted most often? It's not the OS, it's third party products, such as Flash, Quicktime and others.

      Microsoft has improved dramatically when it comes to security. They already offer a firewall in the OS, and it's quite solid.
      alex_b
      • well great for you sir

        But with my experience up until now
        i wait to see what coming up ...

        The list is so long on why not to trust ms ..... wga false positive ........

        So until MS make drastic change i will never trust them for security
        Quebec-french
        • The question is...

          why would you not trust MS with security software that was free? Blindly trusting any company is foolhardy at best. I fail to see how the one reason stated, WGA false positives, shows any reason why they shouldn't be trusted with security software. I suppose you could reference old security issues the OS has had but those have been improved drastically. Considering Windows is the most attacked OS out there it holds up awful well.
          LiquidLearner