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Microsoft's own antivirus to launch soon

updated 09:35 am EDT, Thu June 11, 2009

MS Antivirus Launches Soon

Microsoft late Wednesday said it's nearing the release of its first self-made antivirus software. Although mentioned in the past under its Morro codename, the new software is now known to compete directly with software from Kaspersky, McAfee, Symantec and other relatively low-cost apps. It will only focus on removing spyware, trojans and viruses as the company already has a built-in firewall for Windows.

The software is already in company-level testing and should be made available soon as a public beta in the near future. As before, it should remain free while its paid competitors typically charge $40 per year to maintain active updates.

Microsoft has already offered antivirus protection through its defunct OneCare suite but charged a yearly fee, putting it on the same level as most of its competitors. The finished version of Morro may raise antitrust concerns as Microsoft can not only afford to undercut competitors but has privileged access to Windows' source code, potentially giving it an edge in detecting or removing malware.




by MacNN Staff

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  1. TomSawyer

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +5

    How about

    they spend some time and money PREVENTING the bad stuff so that there is no need to REMOVE anything. That would truly be a novel approach.

  1. nat

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +2

    it

    never ends does it? the default masters want to rule the world. why oh why wasn't ms broken up way back when, then these products would have to actually compete in the market place.

  1. psdenno

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    It's like.....

    ..... Ford selling you a car and then charging extra for the motor when you realize there's nothing under the hood.

  1. Mr. Strat

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +2

    They know best

    Since it's their code, I guess they know the weaknesses of Windows best. Don't think of getting rid of the crappy technology...just try to close the barn door after the horse is out.

  1. luckyday

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -8

    nat

    You make it sound as if Microsoft was massive right out of the gate. They weren't. They were once a startup too. And there was competition. And Apple got blown out of the water. Completely devastated. Only decades later are they starting to make progress. Very sad.

  1. luckyday

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -9

    psdenno

    How is it like that at all? That's absurd. Isn't it more like buying a Mercedes, and then bringing it to Mercedes when you have a problem... instead of a third party repair shop?

  1. squeabs

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -4

    Good thing

    This is a good thing. Microsoft should've done this a long time ago (free virus/spyware protection for its users). After all, Microsoft DOES know its own source code better than anyone else.

  1. slapppy

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Automatic Revenues

    It works this way, make a product, fail, lose millions. Keep making the pos and lose millions more because hey, we can keep doing this forever with our "secret sauce" that gives us profits every quarter to squander on pos products till we win!!! Yeah baby!

  1. coffeetime

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    hurting

    This is going to hurt third party anit-virus badly. First, IE kills Netscape. Second, Zune kills other MP3 players. Now, it's anit-virus software. In the future, the first Microsoft built computers.

  1. Paul Huang

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    take Windows off the...

    Remove Windows from the market. Done.

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