Recently, Microsoft started packaging its free antivirus software Microsoft Security Essentials with its Windows Update service. This is a smart move, right? Users who donít have any A/V protection would now have something and therefore they could reduce their vulnerability footprint. The Malicious Software Removal Tool is also free but it is not real time; MSE is real time. Hopefully, this move by Microsoft should help reduce the amount of malware infected computers out there and decrease the amount of cybercrime out there by denying malicious actors access to free resources. Who could protest that?
As it turns out, PandaLabs and Trend Micro donít like it. From an IT News
Two antivirus vendors have criticised Microsoft over its decision to push out its free anti-virus (AV), Security Essentials, under its Microsoft Update
Microsoft began offering Security Essentials as a free program in late 2009
, which drew little objection from AV vendors, however its decision to push it to customers in the US and UK during the past fortnight has triggered claims the process is anti-competitive.
"We think this is not fair," PandaLabs technical director Luis Corrons told UK technology news site, ITPro.
He added that the ubiquitous distribution of Microsoft's anti-virus would make it easier for criminals to develop malware that bypasses the blacklist. The company wants Microsoft to continue pushing antivirus to Windows users, including illegitimate copy owners, but also include other AV programs in the update
. A Trend Micro executive raised similar concerns last week after the UK launch in late October.