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Old 12th Jun 2009, 15:32   #1
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Microsoft to release free anti-virus service

http://www.bit-tech.net/news/bits/20...virus-servic/1

Microsoft is planning to release a free anti-virus service that it says its employees are already testing in house.

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Old 12th Jun 2009, 16:04   #2
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So they found a use for the now defunct Microsoft ******, sorry OneCare service.
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Old 12th Jun 2009, 16:05   #3
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Not learning though are they, they've just been forced to remove IE.
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Old 12th Jun 2009, 16:11   #4
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This seems like a good move. Microsoft's idea has always been to package basic software in with its operating system, allowing users a decent product while at the same time leaving the door open for competition. Most people I know do not have anti-virus software and regularly deal with virus problems because of it. Even basic protection could be a huge improvement for many people. Most people do not need networking, parental controls, paranoid firewalls, etc. anyway.
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Not a bad idea. The amount of people who think avast/avg/antivir etc etc are rubbish because they are free is amazing. If the product is free from microsoft then they may be a little more inclined to use it.

I see a lot of peoples (friends, parents friends, random people we know) who's computers have Norton from 3 years ago which is out of date and keeps telling them to buy it. They seem to think they are protected more than a free anti virus.

Anything to stop the spread of infections through everyday user's computers and stops me from having to spend hours of my life cleaning said infections is a good thing.
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Old 12th Jun 2009, 16:40   #6
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I would complain about antitrust but the reality is that Symantec and Mcafee are both so horrendously bad at what they do they *need* to go out of business. No, the new Norton 2009 is still a peice of crap. AVG and Antivir have allowed me to recover systems that other people would have written off as unfixable. I cannot count how many viruses I have seen Norton and Mcafee classify as low distribution less then 100-1000 instances of infection. It is because their software doesn't see it, not because it has a low rate of infection. Again, these two companies *need* to go out of business.
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Sorry won't be included in the EU release for antitrust concerns
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No thank you! I would not ever use it or encourage anyone else too. The majority of my security issues are not virus concerns but the root of the problem, shutting up Windows OS. The last thing I want is a AV from the same publisher.
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No thank you! I would not ever use it or encourage anyone else too. The majority of my security issues are not virus concerns but the root of the problem, shutting up Windows OS. The last thing I want is a AV from the same publisher.
So why do you run Windows?
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i find norton 2009 products are protecting the pcs better then alot of free ones and uses a lot less CPU use at the same time (older norton 2008 to 2004 was just getting more Blotware more so norton 360 2.0 or lower as that was ver bad on a lot of pcs i worked on, now norton 360 is at 3.0 its based on 2009 tech and pcs go far faster now as it only does tasks when your away form the pc), norton 2009 products only have 2-3 programs open when system is running norm, auto update is an puls based update so antivius is norm not much more then 5-15 mins out of date (very small 5-50KB updates)

onecare is about as bad as norton 360 2.0 or lower just slows the pc down i have to disable it when i work on customers pcs as it really slows them down (these are fast pcs)

mcafee is about the worst antivirus software to use at this time (12 programs that run in the background auto update need 150-200MB of ram to start up on some pcs)

i have been recommending AVG for the best part of 2 years as it was fast the new AVG is not so good (and why does AVG recommend to do daily scans that takes 2 hrs to do and utterly slow the pc down for that time)
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It's ok justifying the cost of Norton/Macafee due to all the extra stuff you get, but most people just don't use it and those that would normally go for a far better stand alone solution.
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I am all for improving the basic level of protection for the stupid average joe. Anything to help stop the inevitable "Your good with computers so HAVE to fix it for me (and its your fault)" calls. Also those damn spam botnets.
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nod32 is the only anti-virus I've found that doesn't suck.

I've only ever had like 3 viruses, in all cases I just formatted.
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Bah another piece of bloatware, I'll stick to linux for virus checking and comodo when I'm gaming on windows.
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Lol if McAfee has changed their name to McAfree like in the article I don't think they will be worried :P
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seems like a good idea.. offers the consumer more choice.. and hopefully it will help the n00bs stay protected from crap out in The Wild. .. remains to be seen how it will actually work though.. here's to hoping
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But Microsoft are the Virus, you mean they want to protect us from themselves?
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Anything to help stop the inevitable "Your good with computers so HAVE to fix it for me (and its your fault)" calls.
God tell me about it. I remember watching "grumpy young men" and 1 bloke saying that he feels like an "IT prostitute" who gets whored out by his mum to anyone with a PC problem.... which is exactly the same with me. >.<
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Oh I misread the headline. I thought it said "microsoft to release virus-free service." Stupid me.
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nod32 is the only anti-virus I've found that doesn't suck.

I've only ever had like 3 viruses, in all cases I just formatted.
+1 I use ESET (nod32 + firewall, ect...)

It is great really light running... never had a virus since have started using it (it had caught everything from tracking cookies to trojans in torrents) Well worth the money.
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