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7 January, 2005

Not exactly extortion

I was briefly amused to read that Microsoft have released a beta version of an anti-spyware utility, since that company's packages, Outlook and Internet Explorer, are the world's leading vectors of malware.  I suppose it's only right that they attempt to make amends, but I still recommend Ad-Aware and/or Spybot S&D instead (plus Thunderbird & Firefox, of course).

However, El Reg has a more serious interpretation of the announcement. Basic economic sense suggests that following the beta period, Microsoft will wish to charge a subscription fee for the service (anti-spyware packages are of limited value without regular library updates). If that supposition is correct, not only will Microsoft continue to make everyone's PC vulnerable, it will probably attempt to profit from its own failings.

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