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Antivirus companies, Microsoft at odds over Security Essentials

Nov 16, 2010, 19:34 (7 Talkback[s])

[ Thanks to jhansonxi for this link. ]

"By now we're all used to seeing the words "Microsoft" and "antitrust" in the same sentence. This time, the application causing the controversy is Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE), the software giant's free antivirus offering.

"The issue stems from a change Microsoft recently made in the way that Security Essentials is offered to Windows users. On November 1st, MSE was added to the optional download list for U.S. users running Windows XP, Vista, or Windows 7.

"Trend Micro spoke out claiming that the action violated antitrust regulations, a concern which was quickly echoed by other antivirus manufacturers including Panda Security."

Why fight? There is plenty of Windows malware to go around, it's at an all-time high. Well done! --ed.

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