Microsoft Announces End of OneCare, Start of Free Anti-Malware

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Offline Digerati

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Microsoft Announces End of OneCare, Start of Free Anti-Malware
« on: November 20, 2008, 11:21:59 AM »
Microsoft tried to get into the anti-virus business long ago and Norton, McAfee and others yelled, screamed and cried to Congress and the EU, "Monopoly! Microsoft is trying to push us out of business!" So Microsoft and consumers have been forced to believe the promises and depend on the anti-virus makers to protect us and our Windows computers. That worked out well, huh? :( I've been asking for years, "What incentive does the anti-malware industry have to rid the world of malware?" Of course the answer is none! No malware and they go out of business. But who got blamed? MS. No doubt XP is full of holes. But let's not forget much are due, in part, to a massive, established, corporate user-base of Win95/98/NT systems, that did not want to purchase all new hardware again, or pay for another software migration as they did moving from DOS.  They, and many home users too, demanded legacy (read: less secure) software and hardware support in XP. XP is an OS designed long before MS bashers, and especially the so called unbiased (yeah, right!) "professional" IT journalists ever dreamed the Internet would explode as it did, or that bad guys would exploit it so aggressively. I'm all for bashing Microsoft when due, and there's lots of that to go around, but user demand and bad guys put us where we are today, not Microsoft - with the help of no funding for law-enforcement of exising laws, and of course, the UN's tremendous help in blocking spam, malware infested pirated software, and illegal filesharing on the global front. :( And of course, the big telecommunications carriers and equipment makers (BT, AT&T, Sprint, Deutsche Telekom, MCI, Cisco, Juniper, Nortel, NEC, Nokia, et al) would much rather sell more bandwidth and the hardware to handle it rather than block spam at the source and free up the more than 50% (some say upto 80%) of the bandwidth that is consumed by junk.

So Congress and the EU told MS they could not bundle extra goodies. Imagine where the security situation would be if MS were allowed to include even a basic anti-virus program with XP. We would be MUCH better off. Why am I so sure? Because MS has a history of making (or buying and rebranding) good products - maybe not the best in all categories, but good enough in most cases, for most users. Windows Backup Utility works great. Windows Defragmenter does too. I have had two XP test machines running for years with just Windows Defender, IE7 (with default settings), Windows Firewall, and AVG Free - and MBAM continues to find no malicious code (they are behind a NAT router). Even Windows Disk Cleanup deletes old System Restore points, something CCleaner and ATF cannot do.

So I am happy Microsoft has decided to offer (not bundle) an anti-malware solution, and that it will be free. I wish it sooner than Q3 of 2009.


Re: Microsoft Announces Plans for No-Cost Security Offering
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Built on Microsoft’s award-winning malware protection engine, “Morro” will take advantage of the same core anti-malware technology that fuels the company’s current line of security products, which have received the VB100 award from Virus Bulletin, Checkmark Certification from West Coast Labs and certification from the International Computer Security Association Labs. The new solution will deliver the same core protection against malware as that offered through Microsoft’s enterprise solutions, but will not include many of the additional non-security features found in many consumer security suites.

I predict, however, that someone will try to stop MS from releasing this, again claiming monopolistic intentions.

Interesting link: Google's Cost of Spam Calculator
Bill (AFE7Ret)
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Re: Microsoft Announces End of OneCare, Start of Free Anti-Malware
« Reply #1 on: November 20, 2008, 02:57:23 PM »
The worrying part of the report I read was that Morro was touted as a solution to suit the low power systems being used in the third world.
I read that as meaning less powerful than OneCare.

If that is true then I would argue against replacing OneCare with something that is less suitable to the majority of users in the western world, leaving only the alternative of moving away from a MS solution.
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Re: Microsoft Announces End of OneCare, Start of Free Anti-Malware
« Reply #2 on: November 20, 2008, 06:30:21 PM »
The worrying part of the report I read was that Morro was touted as a solution to suit the low power systems being used in the third world.
I read that as meaning less powerful than OneCare.
I did not read it that way at all - I refer you back to that paragraph I quoted above. All that will be missing is the backup and defragging utilities, and a couple extras bells and whistles, not related to security.
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If that is true then I would argue against replacing OneCare with something that is less suitable to the majority of users in the western world, leaving only the alternative of moving away from a MS solution.
I think you are missing the point. OneCare is not free. This is and will be available to everyone, and offer the same security protection.
Bill (AFE7Ret)
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