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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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    kurt, 22 Feb 2006 @ 6:33am

    Re: Not as bad as posted

    well, the microsoft product did corrupt registry entries required by the symantec product and effectively break the symantec product but it isn't as widespread or frequent a problem as the article might lead one to believe... it's just something that's good at grabbing people's attention on those rare occasions when it happens...

    it does happen, though... anti-virus developers have been encrypting their products' signature databases for years in order to keep competing products from false alarming on them - that development wouldn't have happened if false positives on competing products were never a problem...

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