Microsoft to unveil free anti-virus software

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  1. soumya

    soumya New Member

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    Microsoft Corp is getting ready to unveil a long-anticipated free anti-virus service for personal computers that will compete with products sold by Symantec Corp and McAfee Inc.

    A Microsoft spokesman said on Wednesday that the world's biggest software maker is testing an early version of the product with its own employees. Microsoft would "soon" make a trial version, or product beta, available via its website, he added, but declined to provide a specific date.

    Symantec shares fell 0.5 percent on Nasdaq and McAfee fell 1.3 percent on the New York Stock Exchange, while Microsoft was up 2.1 percent. The Nasdaq composite index was down 0.47 percent.

    Investors are closely monitoring the free service, code-named Morro after Brazil's Morro de Sao Paolo beach, amid concern it could hurt sales of products from Symantec and McAfee, which generate billions of dollars of revenue a year protecting Windows PCs from attacks by hackers.

    "It's a long-term competitive threat," said Daniel Ives, an analyst with FBR Capital Markets, though he added that the near-term impact was minimal.

    Microsoft has said that Morro will offer basic features for fighting a wide range of viruses, which would likely make it comparable to low-end consumer products from Symantec and McAfee that cost about $40 per year.

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  2. krishnandu.sarkar

    krishnandu.sarkar Simply a DIGITian

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    Well lets c......!!!!!
     
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    ishanjain New Member

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    The word "Free" sounds awkward when used with "Microsoft"
    Lets hope this is not another windows defender.....
     
  4. ravi_9793

    ravi_9793 TechTin.com

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    Microsoft do have some free stuffs like, skyDrive, live writer etc.

    Windows defender is a good Antispyware.
     
  5. a_k_s_h_a_y

    a_k_s_h_a_y Dreaming

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    Its just for namesake obviously.
    Also how sad, Microsoft Windows Sucks so much that, they are developing Anti Virus for it.
    Why not instead make the OS itself more secure. how Ironic and LOLs.
     
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    Sathish Debian Gnu/Linux User

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    just an another windows defender..:neutral:
     
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    ico Super Moderator

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    Indyan Here Since 2003

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    Actually Windows 7 is pretty secure. An OS is too big a software to not have some vulnerability or the other. But things do get better with time.
    Its possible to write viruses for Macs also but no one bother with something that less than 5% marketshare.
     
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    x3060 A LOTR fan

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    well...lets give it sometime and see...anyways, am secure with nod32. :)
     
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    I thought Windows Defender was already there ?
     
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    axxo 99.9% Idle

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    yeah but that protects from spyware only,
    windows livecare for virus
    if am not wrong..
    expect more in the series...
    windows surrender for trojans
    windows wondercake for adware
    windows carefree for malware..
    etc..
     
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    saqib_khan I M A *STAR*

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    Err..trial version of a free software??? Heared for first time.
     
  15. swordfish

    swordfish Somebody stop me...

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    best one is microsoft myphone.. backs up your phone every day :)
     
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    sanyaldk the end begins....

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    funny anti virus :)
     
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    cooldudie3 Boom Boom Boom

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    even if this comes out, I think I would be safer to stick with other AVs.
    and Live OneCare thought Skype was a malware/adware. Hilarious, I doubt this will succeed
     
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    wow a free (anti)virus software frm Microsoft
    sounds interesting lets c Wat they bring out finally
    sounds weird to me free and Microsoft :D
     
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    topgear Fast 'N' Furious

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    It's the same thing compared with other AVs if you compare intel graphics with Nvidia/ATI grpahics cards :p
     
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