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Microsoft set to launch new anti-malware service

updated 11:50 pm EDT, Mon September 28, 2009

Security Essentials utility to be offered for free

Microsoft is set to launch its new anti-malware service, Security Essentials. The utility is designed to help protect systems against viruses, spyware or other maliciously crafted software. Following the same basic structure as third-party antivirus software, Microsoft's program runs in the background and alerts users as potential threats arise.

Security has been a primary component of Apple's "Get a Mac" ads claiming Windows systems are prone to viruses and malware. Microsoft has also been criticized for slowly addressing security vulnerabilities and forcing consumers to pay for third-party software to protect their computers. It remains unknown if the new service will help to quell the negative appraisals.

Although the overall number of threats targeting the Mac platform is lower than Windows, several analysts suggest the Snow Leopard OS is still too weak. The integrated Mac OS X antivirus functionality appears to be in the early stages of development, with a short list of Trojans and a limited number of scanned programs and processes.

Microsoft Security Essentials will be available beginning Tuesday for computers running Windows XP, Vista or 7.

by MacNN Staff



  1. jarod

    Joined: Dec 1969


    There's no point

    Windows is broken from deep down. Since day one, it was never developed with ANY security in mind. All these "security" patches over the years are nothing more than cheap patchware. It's like giving a broken down rusted 1940s car a few coat of paint. This is what will be known as Windows 7, and guess what, there will be tons of idiots that will buy it.

    This new 'malware' package will no do nothing but alienate that already failing antivirus market. Way to go MicroMORONS.

    Personally, I think MS would be way better off if they fired that chimp at the top.

  1. DeezNutts

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: There's no point

    pfft. At least *try* to act like you know WTF you are talking about.

    Windows actually has very fined grained security controls built into the kernel and accessible from Win32 userland, the problem is MS never pushed developers to properly use them.

    Really the biggest issue is one of "best practices" and largely MS has themselves to blame on that one.

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