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Microsoft Offers Free Virus-Removal ! - 1/31/2005 9:53:26 AM   

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Microsoft, whose popular Windows software is a frequent target for Internet viruses, is offering a free security program to remove the most dangerous infections from computers.

The program, with monthly updates, is a step toward plans by Microsoft to sell full antivirus software later this year.

Microsoft said that starting today, consumers could download the new program from the company's website - - and updated versions would be offered automatically and free each month.

Also being offered is a free program to remove "spyware", a category of irritating programs that secretly monitor the activities of internet users and can cause sluggish computer performance or pop-up advertisements.

Microsoft said the virus-removal program would not prevent computer infections and was not intended to replace the need for traditional antivirus software, such as flagship products from McAfee or Symantec.

But a senior Microsoft executive confirmed the company's plans to sell its own antivirus software, which would compete against programs from McAfee, Symantec and others.

Microsoft bought a Romanian antivirus firm, GeCAD Software, for an undisclosed amount in 2003. Industry rivals expect Microsoft's formal entry into the market as early as March.

"We will have a stand-alone antivirus product that is one of the things you can buy from Microsoft, but we're not announcing anything today," said Rich Kaplan, vice president for Microsoft's security business and technology unit.

It has responded by tightening security for its popular Outlook email software and improving the protective firewall utility for Windows.

But its reputation has largely hinged on consumers' effective use of antivirus products and other security programs outside Microsoft's control.

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RE: Microsoft Offers Free Virus-Removal ! - 2/2/2005 11:56:57 PM   


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If MS does not offer useful software to protect the users, people are yelling "Why does MS not do something?"
If MS does otherwise, people are yelling "MS tries to kill competition!".

If MS offers something useful for free, it "kills competition".
If MS is charging something, it's "greedy".

Harsh world. Do or don't. Neither way, you'll be blamed.


Quae dant, quaque negant, gaudent tamen esse rogatae.

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