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Symantec boss puzzles over McAfee Intel deal

Symantec's head honcho has confidently predicted the security firm will not suffer the same acquisition fate as arch-rival McAfee, which Intel agreed to buy in a surprise $7.68bn blockbuster deal back in August. The McAfee deal is only the high-water mark in a wave of acquisitions that have swept the information security …
John Leyden, 07 Oct 2010
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Microsoft security report shows worms are returning

Microsoft's latest security intelligence report shows a resurgence in worms, although rogue security software also remains a big issue. Rogue security software was found and removed from 13.4m machines, compared to 16.8m last time. It is still an issue but numbers are falling. Worm figures doubled in the first six months of …
John Oates, 02 Nov 2009

Microsoft smothers Sage and Intuit challenger

Microsoft's Office Accounting software, used to challenge Sage and Intuit, has become the latest victim of corporate cuts. The package will no longer be distributed after November 16, Microsoft said Friday. Versions of the product affected are the Express, Standard, Professional, Professional Plus, three-user and Small …
Gavin Clarke, 30 Oct 2009
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MS opens up Security Essentials downloads from today

Microsoft plans to release the final version of its free-of-extra-charge anti-malware scanner later on Tuesday The application, Microsoft Security Essentials or MSE (formerly Morro), is designed to provide consumers with basic protection against Trojans, computer viruses, spyware and rootkits. The product lacks the personal …
John Leyden, 29 Sep 2009
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Opera chief warns on equal access to Windows services

Microsoft might be closer to a compromise with browser rival regarding Internet Explorer on Windows, but access to key online services for PCs could be the next hurdle. Opera Software chief executive told The Reg he welcomed Microsoft’s offer last month to give European PC users a choice of browsers on Windows, but he warned …
Gavin Clarke, 11 Aug 2009
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Microsoft cuts off Security Essentials downloads

Redmond has cut off access to its Microsoft Security Essentials beta, less than a day after offering the free security app to John Q. Public on a first-come, first-served basis. "Thank you for your interest in joining the Microsoft Security Essentials Beta," reads a post to the MSE website. "We are not accepting additional …
Cade Metz, 24 Jun 2009
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MS no-frills security scanner gets thumbs up in early tests

Microsoft's limited but free-of-extra-charge anti-malware scanner has performed creditably in early tests. Independent testing lab put Microsoft Security Essentials through its paces, after downloading a beta version of the software following its limited release on Tuesday. The application, which lacks personal …
John Leyden, 24 Jun 2009
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Microsoft begins Security Essentials downloads

Microsoft has begun offering limited trial downloads of its no-added-cost anti-malware tool, targeted at consumer desktops. Beta versions of Microsoft Security Essentials (formerly codenamed Morro) will be available to 75,000 US, Israeli, and Brazilian customers running XP, Vista, or Windows 7 machines. The software will provide …
John Leyden, 23 Jun 2009
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Windows 7, Bing and security: Mr Ballmer regrets

You can measure the size of a man's regret by how much he spends to make up for his mistakes. If you've missed your girlfriend's birthday, for example, then that could be a lolcat. If you're Steve Ballmer and you've let Google run away with online search and advertising, that could be $5.5 to $11bn of Microsoft's operating …
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MS names ship date for free security suite

Microsoft is launching its free security suite next week - the 23rd of June to be precise. It was going by the funky codename Morro, but is launching under the duller name of Microsoft Security Essentials. It replaces Windows OneCare - and yes we do know what that sounds like. Microsoft Security Essentials will be available …
John Oates, 19 Jun 2009
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MS pushes back Forefront security offensive

Microsoft will delay the release of the next version of its Forefront security product range. The company's announcement of the delay suggests it wants to improve the technology, but business reasons provide a more plausible - though unproven - rationale for the postponement. Instead of shipping the product release, codenamed …
John Leyden, 07 Apr 2009
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Microsoft kills MSN Encarta

Microsoft is pulling the plug on its MSN Encarta encyclopedia websites and software, following Wikipedia's obliteration of the online reference market. In a message posted on the MSN Encarta website, Microsoft said the sites worldwide will be discontinued on October 31, with the exception of Encarta Japan, which will be stayed …
Austin Modine, 30 Mar 2009

Microsoft confirms Equipt kill date

Microsoft has told Equipt customers that the subscription software package will be killed off on 30 April 2009. The date comes three months after the company confirmed plans to ditch the Office and security subscription service in November. Microsoft only began selling Equipt to consumers late last summer in the US via the …
Kelly Fiveash, 18 Feb 2009
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Microsoft's Equipt kill date remains MIA amid retail carnage

Microsoft has yet to administer the coup de grace to its Equipt subscription software package two months after it confirmed it would dump the service. Redmond ditched its Office and security subscription service in November just a few months after the firm started flogging it through the now bankrupt US retail giant Circuit …
Kelly Fiveash, 27 Jan 2009
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MS kills off OneCare to introduce free security software

Microsoft has abandoned its attempt to make money from selling anti-virus software to consumers, two years after entering the cut-throat market. The Windows Live OneCare consumer security service will be discontinued from the end of June next year in favour of a free consumer product, codenamed Morro, currently under development …
John Leyden, 19 Nov 2008

Microsoft flogs subscriptions to the unwary and confused

Comment There's no such thing as a coincidence or a missed opportunity in the world of Microsoft, and this is no ordinary week. Just days before thousands of partners from across the globe descend on Microsoft's annual World Wide Partner Conference in the heat of Texas, Microsoft announced licensing programs clearly intended to whet …
Gavin Clarke, 03 Jul 2008
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Microsoft targets online Office bundle at US cheapskates

Microsoft has tied up with ailing US retailer Circuit City to launch its Office and security subscription service which hits the market bearing the moniker "Equipt". The software giant said that it has handed Circuit City the new product line, with plans for the retail chain to start punting Equipt from mid-July. It will carry …
Kelly Fiveash, 02 Jul 2008

Yahoo! Messenger! Trojan! false alarm!

Check Point's personal firewall software falsely identified a component of Yahoo! Messenger as a Trojan this week. ZoneAlarm Pro mistakenly pegged an audio conferencing ActiveX control within Yahoo Messenger as the Yspy Trojan. As a result users of the software were prompted to delete yacscom.dll, a critical component of the …
John Leyden, 13 Jun 2008

Microsoft updates squash four critical bugs

Microsoft on Tuesday issued updates to plug a half-dozen security holes, four of which were rated critical. The most serious is a bug in Microsoft's Jet Database Engine, a component built into Windows XP, Windows Server 2003 and Windows 2000 that works with Visual Basic, Access and multiple third-party applications. Attack …
Dan Goodin, 13 May 2008

Microsoft beta tests Office subscription software

Microsoft has launched a private beta test of a subscription version of its Office and security software. Dubbed Albany the package includes Office Live and OneCare - Microsoft's bundle of security and anti-virus products. It is aimed at consumers rather than businesses - Microsoft is already trialling similar offerings for …
John Oates, 21 Apr 2008

Microsoft preaches togetherness for online security

RSA Six years after scrambling to lock down Windows and having challenged security vendors on home turf with Windows Vista, Microsoft is calling for a "dialogue" over online security and privacy. Chief research and strategy officer Craig Mundie told RSA Microsoft's Trustworthy Computing Initiative has, since 2002, laid the …
Gavin Clarke, 08 Apr 2008
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Microsoft splits Server 2008 for SMB

Redmond yesterday revealed plans for the next version of its Windows server operating system, with different flavours for small biz and mid-sized organisations. Small Business Server 2008 (SBS), formally code-named "Cougar", will be available in Standard and Premium editions and will cater for companies of 50 or fewer staff. …
Kelly Fiveash, 21 Feb 2008

False positives run amok in Vista anti-virus tests

The first independent tests of anti-malware products on 64-bit Windows Vista revealed a rash of false positives. Of the 20 products submitted for testing to independent security certification body Virus Bulletin, six generated false positives when scanning a set of known clean files. As a result, the product failed to earn …
John Leyden, 03 Aug 2007

Of Microsoft Forefront security

Quocirca's changing channels With the launch of its Forefront security product range this week, Microsoft has deployed its tanks on the lawns of Symantec, McAfee and many other IT security vendors. So is it time for resellers to entrust Microsoft with all their customers’ IT security needs and kiss goodbye to their current security partners? Not quite. …
Bob Tarzey, 02 Jul 2007

Rivals dismiss MS Forefront security push

Microsoft released the final version of Forefront Client Security, its anti-malware software for enterprises, to manufacture on Wednesday. Security rivals were quick to suggest that the software will prove little better than the company's consumer anti-virus software, which performed disappointingly in independent tests earlier …
John Leyden, 03 May 2007
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Microsoft's OneCare flunks anti-virus test

Microsoft's Live OneCare placed last in a test on the effectiveness of anti-virus security packages by Austrian researchers. AV Comparatives put 17 security packages through their paces to see how well they recognised a battery of nearly half a million items of malware. Winner G Data Security's AntiVirusKit (AVK) identified …
John Leyden, 05 Mar 2007

Yahoo! false! alert! drama!

Faulty signature updates on Wednesday resulted in Symantec's anti-virus packages falsely identifying that Yahoo! mail was contaminated by malware. The webmail service, currently in beta, was wrongly labelled as being contaminated by the Feebs worm as a result of the snafu. Symantec published a signature update later on …
John Leyden, 01 Mar 2007

MS plans 'dirty dozen' patch release

Microsoft plans to release 12 patches next Tuesday (13 February) as part of its regular monthly security update cycle. These patches will include five security bulletins concerning Windows, at least one of which is critical, and two involving Office (of which one, at minimum, earns the dreaded critical rating). It remains to …
John Leyden, 09 Feb 2007
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Symantec: Microsoft conflict of interest is damaging internet

RSA Symantec's chief executive has lambasted Microsoft for a dangerous conflict of interest as both the provider of an operating system and seller of software designed to secure its users. John Thompson effectively blamed Microsoft for damaging consumers' confidence in the internet by going it alone and providing its own security …
Gavin Clarke, 07 Feb 2007
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Security watchers lambast Vista

Windows Vista has only just left the starting blocks but security watchers have wasted no time in challenging claims that it provides improved security defences. Virus Bulletin, the independent security certification body, has revealed that Microsoft's own anti-virus product, Live OneCare, is among four anti-virus testing …
John Leyden, 05 Feb 2007
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OneCare slaps viral warning on Gmail

Faulty signature updates resulted in Microsoft's Live OneCare anti-virus service falsely reporting Gmail's website was infected with a computer virus. The false alert, which arose for a signature update issued late last week, meant OneCare users visiting Gmail were warned that the site was contaminated by a virus called BAT/BWG …
John Leyden, 14 Nov 2006

Allchin backs away from Vista anti-virus claims

Outgoing Windows development chief Jim Allchin has apologised for the confusion he created in comments taken to mean Vista was so secure it might be possible to run the software without any anti-virus installed. Responding to questions from reporters about whether Vista would be more secure than Windows XP SP2, Allchin said his …
John Leyden, 13 Nov 2006
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Microsoft enters the anti-virus bear-pit

Analysis Microsoft is setting the cat among the pigeons at this year's Virus Bulletin conference, the big chinwag for the security software industry. Ordinarily, blame for the lamentable state of awareness of internet security has fallen on Redmond, alongside clueless end-users and over-sensationalist journalists. Lately, though, …
John Leyden, 09 Oct 2006

Security software: Microsoft accused of predatory pricing

Microsoft has been accused of potentially stifling innovation in the security sector and threatening to kill the competition through predatory pricing. Sunbelt Software, has published an interesting set of numbers purporting to show that Microsoft's collection of new Windows and email security products and services undercuts …
Gavin Clarke, 22 Jun 2006
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Bladerunner chases VAT robot through Web 2.0

Letters It's official: is illegal, according to the music biz. This analysis found little favour with Reg readers, as the following emails demonstrate: So, the only decent mp3 download site is deemed illegal. This is a sad day for music. One can only hope that the music industry takes note of what allof were …
Lester Haines, 02 Jun 2006

Microsoft's OneCare virus eater goes live

Microsoft is launching OneCare, an anti-virus and firewall product, in the US tomorrow. OneCare will be available in shops or for download. For $49.95 users can sign up three computers for a year's protection. The product is targeted at individual users or small businesses that currently have poor or no protection in place - …
John Oates, 31 May 2006

Microsoft targets Oprah with Windows Vista

Oprah using a Windows Vista-powered PC? Crazy you say, but anything is possible in the wacky world of Microsoft marketing. Remember the Windows 95 launch? Who doesn't - unless you're one of Microsoft's younger generation of engineers being instructed by management that Windows Vista is this decade's version of Windows 95. After …
Gavin Clarke, 15 Mar 2006

Microsoft details Windows anti-virus pricing

Users running Windows will be charged almost $50 each year for having their PCs protected by Microsoft against attacks from hackers. Microsoft's Windows OneCare Live program will be launched in June and made available online and via retailers for an annual fee of $49.95 on up to three machines. Customers who beta test Windows …
Gavin Clarke, 08 Feb 2006

MS to omit anti-virus from Vista

Microsoft will omit anti-virus protection in Vista, the next version of Windows, which it plans to ship late this year. As with previous versions of Windows dating back to Windows 2000 at least, Redmond is promoting Vista as a landmark improvement in Windows security. Jim Allchin, co-president of Microsoft's platform products …
John Leyden, 30 Jan 2006

Rootkits, cybercrime and OneCare

2005 in review The year 2005 in net security will likely be remembered as the year of the Sony rootkit DRM controversy. In other ways the last 12 months continued the trend of profit becoming a primary driver for the creation of computer viruses. The last 12 months also witnessed a number of high-profile cybercrime prosecutions, including the …
John Leyden, 27 Dec 2005
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MS anti-virus beta. Hmmm...

Letters First up in this Friday's trawl of the Vulture Central mailbag are a few comments on Microsoft's launch of anti-virus public beta. Take it away, beloved readers: I just tried following your link to the Microsoft anti-virus beta and got the following error: "Wow, we must have really messed up and are currently down. Please come …
Lester Haines, 02 Dec 2005
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Microsoft launches anti-virus public beta

Microsoft has released a free beta of its upcoming anti-virus application. According to Microsoft, the new anti-virus application known as Windows OneCare Live consumer beta is "like taking your PC in for a tune up at the service station". The release is part of the forthcoming Windows OneCare set of deliverables, and yesterday …
SecurityFocus, 01 Dec 2005
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MS security bundling plan causes waves

European anti-trust regulators have begun investigating Microsoft's plans to market consumer security software. Symantec has been asked to provide information about Microsoft's plans for OneCare - an all-in-one PC health check service targeted at consumers - in order to help investigators decide whether Microsoft might have …
John Leyden, 10 Oct 2005
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MS goes a bundle on malware protection

Microsoft is to combine spyware and virus protection in a new enterprise security product due out next year. Microsoft Client Protection will also defend against the emerging threat of rootkits, hacker tools that try to hide themselves from anti-virus programs. Redmond's decision to offer a combined anti-virus and anti-spyware …
John Leyden, 06 Oct 2005
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Shiver me timbers: we are all pirates

Letters We thought we'd keep letters fairly light and breezy today (no, really) so why not begin with Microsoft's rather poorly-named OneCare PC health check service: Ahem, "Has anyone pointed out to Microsoft, how OneCare sounds, when spoken with a comedy French accent, Inspector Clouseau-style?" I nearly killed myself laughing at …
Lucy Sherriff, 24 May 2005

MS punts all-in-one security and backup service

Microsoft is to deliver an all-in-one PC health check service targeted at consumers. Windows OneCare will offer performance tuning, PC maintenance, backup and security functions via a consumer subscription service. Key capabilities and features of Windows OneCare will include: providing automatically updated anti-virus, anti- …
John Leyden, 13 May 2005