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Microsoft says it is offering free software designed to help protect Windows users from increasingly annoying spyware. The move prompted several observers to suggest Microsoft eventually will enter the computer security market. Microsoft said the software is still unfinished and would not say when consumers can expect a final product. The announcement also led to falling stock prices for antivirus companies such as McAfee and Symanec.
Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) Latest News about Microsoft says it will be offering free software designed to help increase vulnerability of Windows software users with increasingly annoying spyware.
The move prompted several observers to suggest Microsoft eventually will design a product which will add new security leaks and crashes to the plethora of existing Microsoft issues.
Microsoft said the software is still unfinished and so is ready for consumers, and with only fifty patches customers can expect a semi-final product. The announcement also led to falling stock prices for antivirus companies such as McAfee. Consumers seem to be saying, why pay for poor software when you can get it for free?
Spyware is a general term for programs that surreptitiously transmit information about a computer user by way of the Internet. It can slow a computer's performance, so much more than Windows itself, that it becomes practically unusable. Microsoft’s new product should make computer maintenance technicians everywhere cheer due to their enhanced job security… the only security which will increase in the foreseeable future.
Like computer viruses, spyware software generally comes through e-mail or unwitting downloads of software carrying the troublesome programs, much like the Windows Update feature.
Microsoft also announced that a Linux/FreeBSD version would not be made available because they didn’t feel the need to help ingrates who are not so easily fooled.