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Monday, February 22, 2010

Microsoft Security Essentials (Virus Scan)

While I am happy that Microsoft is making Microsoft Security Essentials virus scanning available freely, so that we can imagine that such security is a standard part of the operating system...  While I am happy to see this, I must admit that I wonder whether Microsoft will be as conscientious scanning for errors in non Microsoft software such as FireFox or Adobe as it is in scanning Microsoft software.  This could become a powerful force for lock-in: Microsoft software is scanned for security flaws better than other software.  Plus, of course, in Windows 7 non Microsoft virus scanners are deprecated.

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