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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    txjump, 22 Feb 2006 @ 9:57am


    Ya know, I've had my computer up and running on either dsl or fios for several years now and have yet to find a need for all the different "protections". I've used one product for many years and just recently added another, (which hasn't given me any extra benefit).

    I hear of so many users downloading or buying all these products to make their machine better and all they do is create a false sense of security and slow the machine to a crawl.

    The funny thing is that they often don't update the definitions or they don't do their Windows updates.

    Just be aware of what you are putting on your machine, be aware of the sites you vist, don't take candy from strange email, and do your updates!

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