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Is this really a good idea?

Microsoft to give away anti-virus

Microsoft is poised to start giving away security software.

The company is reportedly trialling free anti-virus software internally and said the beta version would be released “soon”.

Called Morro, the software will tackle viruses but lack the broader range of utilities, such as parental locks, found in paid-for security suites.

Morro will be Microsoft’s second venture in the highly competitive security market.

Microsoft’s first attempt revolved around the Windows Live OneCare service that did not succeed in turning many customers away from rivals such as Symantec and McAfee.

Microsoft plans to discontinue Live OneCare once the Morro software is ready.

No specific date has been given for when Morro will be released, but in the past Microsoft has said it would be out by the end of 2009 at the latest.

Microsoft said Morro would tackle viruses, spyware, rootkits and trojans.

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Microsoft’s Free Antivirus: Is This An Apology?
Will Microsoft’s Free Antivirus App be Worth the Price?

Microsoft anti-virus software? Hey, you first, let me know if it works. Kind of like buying fire insurance from an arsonist or letting a child molester babysit your children, if you ask me.

I get McAfee anti-virus free with Comcast cable internet. I also use and recommend ZoneAlarm for a firewall and Ad-Aware and Spybot – Search & Destroy for spyware control. They’re all free. Keep them updated and run regular scans and you’ll never have any problems. I know I never have.

/browse safe out there