Microsoft To McAfee and Symantec – We Will Bury You!

The military calls it ‘search and destroy’ amd it appears that is exactly what Microsoft is doing. They have declared war on McAfee and Symantec. Their new Microsoft Security Essentials, aka Morro, will have a HUGE advantage over anything that McAfee and Symantec will be able to offer. It will be 100% free for the asking, will work with XP, Vista and Windows 7 and oh yeah, did I mention it will be free?

Now before you start throwing rocks at me for being a Microsoft shill, let me defend myself and my beliefs that free security software is the only way to go. About six years ago I dumped Symantec aka Norton anti-virus for AVG and haven’t looked back. I’ve been using the free version of AVG without a problem. No bugs, no viruses, no malware, no nothing.

Many of you have had similar results using the free version of Avast. Which makes one beg to ask? Why buy ANY security programs when there is free stuff available. The next question, or maybe it is more of an observation is this. It is the user who gets themselves infected and not the OS. People are just flat out ignorant, stupid, lazy, careless [pick anyone you like]. No matter how many times people are warned about the dangers of the Internet, there are those who choose to ignore the advice. There are those who do not keep their protections updated and those who don’t even have any protections in place.

By Microsoft offering free security protections they are saying to McAfee and Symantec, you are no longer needed. People do not have to pay blood money to protect Windows. We [Microsoft] can do a better job.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

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I have been writing for LockerGnome since relocating to Missouri seven years ago, where I continue to be a technology enthusiast who enjoys playing with the newest and latest gadgets.

  • zenium

    You are kidding, correct? While not a fan of Symantec and McAfee I would not trust Microsoft for an anti-virus product even if it is free.

    Encountered way too many places where Microsoft unnecessarily cuts corners. Shall we talk about why backup is not installed by default in Win XP home? Or maybe the upcoming WIn 7 for netbook and its 10 inch screen limitation.

  • JoWazzoo

    M$ sucks. SuperAntispyware & MalWareBytes are the best. Oh did I mention they are free? Used all the other stuff. Everyting. Norton & McAfee have been jokes for years. Fat, bloated useless junk.

    Free from M$ – who cares? I can get Free from SAS & MB and they have many years of experience. All M$ efforts to date have been a joke. No thanks. My disk space and patienece are worth too much.

  • http://blog.computerjy.com/ Eyad Salah

    Let’s see. Microsoft is making the architecture.. So they know its weaknesses best. If you think they’re stupid, I’ll give you that but they have loads of money to hire good consultants.

    But that doesn’t mean the end of Symantec and/or McAfee. Not yet anyway, until we see the final outcome of Morro. So far it’s doing nothing that Windows Defender couldn’t do.

    But at least that will push Apple to think of new Mac ads

  • Jonathan

    I wish Microsoft would stick with and perfect its CORE products instead of trying to be everything to every user. Given the amount of crashes and bug, etc., with Windows and Office, is seems like it would be in everyone’s best interest to start with a perfected foundation before building upon it.

    Given the boondoggle that was Vista, they still have a LOT of work cut out for them.

  • http://wp3.lockergnome.com/swordofdestiny/ swordofdestiny

    I think the only reason “Morro” would fail, would be the whole anti-Microsoft sentiment. I think that Microsoft is making a brilliant move here. They know their operating system best. Vista after SP1 was more stable than my XP desktop. 7, even better. What apple has for them is the massive anti-Microsoft sentiment that’s been going around. If Microsoft were so bad, would 90% of the computers in the world run Windows? Why does Apple tout being able to install Windows on the Macintosh PC as a feature?

  • mhz

    Microsoft has always initially offered things for free in order to get a foot in the door in a market segment.

    Obviously they wish that competitors would be scared away by this, sooner rather than later, so that MS could start charging the customers who thought it would be free forever.

    Neither MS nor any other company can afford to make a *quality* product without charging for it. It will always be first on the chopping block at meetings involving people who look at budgets.

    If its free now, their goal is to eventually charge for it. Believe me.

  • http://ictheworld.wordpress.com Hotrao

    This moving toward everything free reminds me the early times when everybody felt the impulse to “donate” free internet access to the community.
    I don’t question the availability of free-everything software, but should be really free.
    Otherwise we are moving to “dumping” area (i.e. selling with no profit in order to kill other players.

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  • http://wp3.lockergnome.com/nexus/blade/ Ron Schenone

    Hi mhz,
    Interesting. Whether MS charges latter on is unknown. They never did charge for IE and eventually put the original Netscape out of business.

  • mhz

    They did it with Office way back when. In order to popularize the .doc file format, and get people starting to standardize on it.

    At least they gave it to big companies free. Not sure if it was everybody. They began charging later.

  • Ryan Farmer

    I already have Microsoft Security Essentials, and it’s quite a bit lighter on the system than even most freeware.

    I’d say that the idea of an entire industry built around scaring you into paying them obscene amounts of money for “protection” is kind of amusing.

    What’s worse is that Microsoft could have built this into Windows years ago before the antivirus cartel was established and before they could go whining to the EU that Microsoft was scaring all their fish away.

    I normally don’t think add-on software like web browsers and media players should be unremovable, but antivirus is something else completely.

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  • http://wp3.lockergnome.com/nexus/blade/ Ron Schenone

    Heh Ryan,
    I’m going to try it on W7 and see how it works.

  • http://ronknights.com/ Ron Knights

    I’ll believe it when I see it.

    Besides I never touched McAffee.. I hate it.

    I gave up Symantec several years ago.

  • Christos Ventouris

    Well, remember the last AV project OneCare they dumped and then created the new Morro ?

    If you can remember , Onecare started deleting Outlook .pst files because it thought they were viruses.

    http://www.betanews.com/article/OneCare-Deletes-Users-Outlook-Files/1173474996

    I rest my case.

  • Mike Maxwell

    Seriously… you want to trust Microsoft to protect your personal privacy data? You get what you pay for with free. Not to mention that Microsoft is years behind McAfee and Symantec in understanding how to indentify threats and how to address vulnerabilities. And Microsoft is clearly not even on the radar screen of the portable data container security movement, which ties privacy protection to the data itself, instead of the operating system or application (think cloud computing).

    The fact that one obscure blogger has gotten away with free A/V is irrelevant because 1) he probably lacks the assets to be a serious target and 2) he has been lucky enough not be be a random target.

    Microsoft was going to bury Symantec and McAfee with OneCare and we saw how far that went. It even had a temporary impact on those companies stock price. Didn’t even see a blip this time.

    This will be as significant a Linux on the desktop. A toy and a mission for geeks but with no viable commerical impact.

    Good luck with Free.

  • MJ

    You must be $h1ting me!!! M$ sucks!!! They’re slow and crash and lockup every week. Vista was another mistake! W7… yeah, right. I’m so done with them!!! I’m getting rid of EVERY Windoze box in my house (12)and going to Mac and linux! The only Windoze I’ll have will be in VMs for testing purposes only.

  • PW

    Wow, this is mis informed drivel…

    A couple of things you may not be aware of:

    Firstly neither McAfee nor Symantec tie their income purely to AV, both companies have a MUCH broader offering than that, it’s a typical “home user” mistake, but perhaps investigate it.

    As previously mentioned, MS have had a crack at this before and failed, especially in the corporate space. The fact that companies like McAfee and others pick up the vulnerabilities in MS products BEFORE MS does, might indicate that the notion of MS knowing their software better is wrong. Ever wonder why MS releases so many patches?

    There is more to protecting an endpoint than AV and AS these days, think 0 day threats, AV and AS wont stop unknown exploits.

    How much malware research does MS do…. None…

    The list goes on.

    I am neutral on MS, and have no reason to push McAfee or Symantec, but as a security consultant, these companies more than any help me sleep at night with their multiple levels of threat protection. You might also want to check out McAfee’s share price to see if the market believes you’re right.

    BTW, one final point…. The fact that you’re using AVG and haven’t had a problem might not be an indication that you don’t have a virus, but rather that AVG hasn’t picked it up, and you don’t know it yet.

  • http://wp3.lockergnome.com/nexus/blade/ Ron Schenone

    Hi PW,
    I don’t have a virus. 100% positive. You see, several times a month I use other online scanners just to make sure everything is A-OK. I never trust ONE of anything to protect my system.

    FWIW – you can get a FREE Norton online scan here:
    http://security.symantec.com/sscv6/WelcomePage.asp

    Thanks for the comments and for sharing your expertise with us. It is appreciated.

    Regards, Ron

  • Joe

    PW – You didn’t mention if you’d noticed whether or not AVG caught any viruses on your system. I’m with the other guys on here that think maybe you’ve got something and do not know it. Let’s not forget RootKits that bury themself so deep that they’re below the OS level so AVG and most of the others wouldn’t be able find them anyway. Leave it to the experts – and that is Symantec, not McAfee, since Symantec has passed the Virus Bulletin tests every single time since something like 1998…

  • Kerman

    Let MS work towards making a bug free operating system, everything else will be taken care of.

    If Vista is any thing to go by, I don’t want a free anti virus even if it is free and that too from MS!!!!!!

  • THOMAS KELL

    I for one agree with you about McAfee being a blood sucker I bought the 2010 total protection was holding it for about a month then unbeknown st to me CD was put in case all box was thrown out product key and all contact McAfee told them what happened they didn’t even give me the benefit of the doubt (I was with them for three years) just found out about Microsoft security essential now big big fan an free to. so f McAfee