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Concerns Over Security Software


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Posted 11 September 2006 - 09:34 PM

The big players like Symantec, McAfee and Sophos offer huge suites of programs aimed at protecting you and your computer online.
But there is an alternative. A growing number of programs from smaller firms are aimed at the security market are available to download free of charge.
But as you would imagine, some people - for example the manufacturers of products that you pay for - do not think it is such a good idea to trust the family data to a free security product.

"We've seen plenty of examples where an attacker will actually create their attack either in or as part of a free security tool," said Greg Day of McAfee. "We've seen examples where maybe you think you've got a bit of spyware [on your computer], something trying to steal a bit of information or some kind of attack, and you go to the internet and to try and find more and perhaps get a free tool to get rid of it.

"Now maybe the good ones will actually get rid of that attack but at the same time they may drop maybe 10 or 20 other attacks onto your system."
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/programmes/clic...ine/5326654.stm

Who is attacking whom ? Cries from the desperate? Seems to me they're attacking other AV's more than"rogue" antispyware devlopers.even if some one held a gun to my head and forced me to buy Windows again, I wouldn't use Symantec or McAfee ( gun or not :thumbsup: ) Sophos maybe, most likely AntiVir, doesn't seem to be much difference in them as none of them seem very good any more.

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