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November 2006

Microsoft and the Antivirus Industry

At the virus Bulletin conference this year I gave a presentation on what I believe will be the impact of Microsoft entering the anti-virus industry. You can download the full paper at: http://www.eset.com/download/whitepapers/RandyAbrams_VB2006.pdf.   Some people think that this is the beginning of the end of the anti-virus industry and cite examples, such as Netscape

Does Vista need anti-virus?

You may have seen a report that Jim Allchin, a Microsoft co-president said that the new lock down features in Vista are “so capable and thorough that he was comfortable with his own seven-year-old son using Vista without antivirus software installed.”   http://www.betanews.com/article/Allchin_Suggests_Vista_Wont_Need_Antivirus/1163104965 Of course, the words “Lock down features” are very important. This means

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