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    Info on Microsoft's virus software

    http://zdnet.com.com/2100-1105_2-528...=zdfd.newsfeed

    You'd like to be optimistic and hope it will make a difference but if it requires any user intervention the "nearly two-thirds of Windows users who don't have up-to-date antivirus software on their computers" probably won't have it working properly anyway.
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    This could show promise though.

    Think about. If MS incorporated a real AV into Windows, then they could set it to default to automatic updates. Then it wouldn't matter (to an extent) if the goofy users thought to update it themselves or not. Just like any other automated Windows Update, signatures would download and install without a finger being lifted.

    That is, were they to set that as a default setting. Let's hope so.

    I also found this interesting:

    The second antivirus tool will analyze computer systems to asses whether they have been hit by a virus in the past and attempt to give end users an idea of how at risk their computers might be for future problems.
    That would be a nifty feature for the average no-clue user.

    But they're looking at acquiring McAfee? Boy, that's a lofty endeavor! Geez, don't they have control of enough markets already?

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    But they're looking at acquiring McAfee? Boy, that's a lofty endeavor! Geez, don't they have control of enough markets already?
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    foxy: I saw that HBO special, pretty funny.

    Anyway's, it would be pretty sad if Microsoft did acquire McAfee. Just think how spammed onto the OS it would be, how IE would have it spammed, outlook, etc (which could be a good thing, but more than likely an annoying one).
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    Based on the thread poster, I agree...I'd say at least 75% of all windows users out there aren't using AV and those that are, I can't tell you how many times I've seen packaged machines that came with a free one-year trial that had expired 2 years prior, etc...or even worse, the DOS command-line AV startup scan that says "Your definitions have been expired for the past 1820 days...". ROFL!

    This is the failing line as of this link:

    Symantec recommends that users and administrators of all modern flavors of Windows patch their systems and update their virus definitions in concert with some basic security "best practices" outlined in this security bulletin.
    They all recommend that users/etc "update" their systems and AV (if they had it). Most have never learned how to update anything...and that's the problem.
    We the willing, led by the unknowing, have been doing the impossible for the ungrateful. We have done so much with so little for so long that we are now qualified to do just about anything with almost nothing.

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    Didn't MS buy RAV?

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    M$ certainly bougt e-trust................it ships with the free security CD...........second disc.

    They are going back there............yes I actually have a copy of M$ antivirus that shipped with DOS (around about 3.0 I think)

    They are going into security after a fashion..............but that makes sense, because that is what they get criticised for?

    Me, I am just watchin an waitin............


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    Originally posted here by AngelicKnight
    But they're looking at acquiring McAfee? Boy, that's a lofty endeavor! Geez, don't they have control of enough markets already?
    I don't see where it says this. Am I just blind?

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    @zENGER

    Didn't MS buy RAV?
    yes..

    "Due to the aquisition of RAV’s IPR (Intellectual Property Rights) by Microsoft Corp., GeCAD Software SRL is currently engaged in a strategic reorganisation of their operations, involving the scaling down and eventual discontinuance of the anti-virus related business.

    As part of this process starting with 3rd of September 2003, the direct sales (including the e-store) have been closed down. "

    From: http://www.ravantivirus.com/


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    Form the link that whatthe posted form zdnet it says...

    Microsoft has been rumored to be seeking a high-profile acquisition in that arena, and security specialist Network Associates was said to be on the company's radar.
    network associates = Mcafee

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    Originally posted here by NAMOR

    @xierox

    Form the link that whatthe posted form zdnet it says...



    network associates = Mcafee
    Oh, ok. I did not know that. Thanks!
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