Microsoft & Free Anti-Virus Software!!??
On the eve of Windows 7 Microsoft plans to roll out some special, free Anti-Virus service. Of course, most of us laugh hysterically at the thought it would work successfully. I have to admit though that even though it is Microsoft I am still a bit surprised that they are not making people pay $300 for it or some other outrageous price.
However, the following quote really makes me laugh because of the fact Microsoft is blaming someone else for their unsecured operating system. “Microsoft originally got into anti-viral protection,” he added, “because they felt that Symantec and McAfee weren’t really getting enough penetration, people’s machines were getting infected, and it was impacting the Microsoft experience.”
Obviously are not getting the penetration because of how secretive they are with the back end of things, of course it is sad that any good hacker can figure out the back end kernel then some employees. On top of that it is not that hard to disguise a trojan, virus, malware, spyware etc etc as a legit program and that has been the problem since the beginning.
I can only imagine that that this piece of software will do more then just protect computers, I wouldn’t be surprise if I smell identity sniffing and data collecting just to spy on their customers just a bit more. As for direct competition with Symantec and McAfee, the only competition they will get is a forced download of some sorts, because once their service hits the market every hacker, cracker and shape-shifting line backer will go after this and make it pointless and useless and a gateway for more good stuff.
Personally I rather pay the money for the software I know that offers me good protection, on top of that I have various other software to help me out as well. Sure I try it out and see how good it is, but odds are if it is as “basic” as Microsoft says it is, then I might as well run trial ware on my computer and call it a protected computer.