Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 2nd Oct 2006 18:52 UTC, submitted by chimby
Privacy, Security, Encryption It's not just Symantec that wants to call foul on Microsoft; McAfee got in on the action today with a full-page ad in the print edition of the Financial Times. The ad accuses Microsoft of engaging in dangerous practices that are creating 'inherent weaknesses' in Windows Vista. And by 'inherent weaknesses', McAfee means limitations on what their own products can do.
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Isn't kernel level access required to implement an anti-virus filter driver used to intercept low-level file I/O operations (ie. open, close, read, write, delete, etc)?

I am not exactly sure it's possible to write an effective proactive anti-virus package without kernel access on Windows (or any OS, for that matter).

As far as I understand, an app to scan files for viruses doesn't need kernel level file access, but a package that can prevent malicious file operations (ie. infection) does.

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No, that is incorrect; you link to Defender, and Defender will sort out the rest.

All this is, is yet another bad marketing by the big two trying to scare users into submission and towards their solution before Microsoft pushes their product out the door.

Why are they scared? because they know that Microsoft will charge half the price of Symantec and McAfee products, and better yet, unlike their products, it won't root the system, f*ckup third party installation programmes, and stop programmes from properly functioning.

The number of times I hear of end users having conflicts between Nortons and their favourite game is too many to mention; and quite frankly, the day these companies die off, will be the day I'll dance the highland fling on their grave.

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