Anti-Spyware Software Wars: Can't They All Just Get Along?

from the uh,-no dept

We've joked in the past about just how many security products you need on a standard Windows PC these days, and it seems like all those products are really starting to dislike each other. Last year, we noted how some of the products could cause conflicts that would cause computers to lock up -- but there's another (less troublesome) trend that's happening as well: security products declaring competing products as malware and removing them. Just a little over a week ago, the latest version of Microsoft's anti-spyware offering declared Symantec's anti-virus offering as malware. However, it looks like Kaspersky Labs has Symantec's back on this one. Its latest anti-spyware offering flagged some Microsoft anti-virus software as being malware. Of course, this was bound to happen, since many security products often have to do things that look quite like malware. This is only likely going to get worse -- and many of these standalone companies might want to start thinking about proactively trying to deal with the issue. In the meantime, it seems like the security suite providers should be using this as an opportunity to hype up how their combined offering does everything in one package (even if that's not quite true), so you never need additional, conflicting software.

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    Dave, 22 Feb 2006 @ 8:19am

    Belt, suspenders, stapler, nail gun, superglue

    Why the heck do people try to run multiple realtime protection systems anyway. They are redundant and often interfere with each other. At the very least they don't know about each other so they generate alarmist reports that some other software on the system is doing suspicious stuff.

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