Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 4th Jun 2012 19:28 UTC
Windows "Microsoft's Windows 8 will activate its built-in antivirus software only if it senses that the PC is not protected by another security program, according to AV vendor McAfee." That's one way to appease antivirus companies, I suppose.
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They make some coin on pre-installing trail versions of the stuff.

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bassbeast Member since:

Bingo! Give that man a ceeegar! Do you have ANY idea how many stupid trialware installs of Norton and McAfee I have to get rid of in an average month? Too dang many. Every single OEM out there just loads up the crapware and those two companies are usually right at the top of the list, ironically along with trial versions of MS Office products.

Personally I am glad there will at least be something on there if they have nothing but the thing I'm wary of is this: Will this thing suddenly show up if you are tossing some trialware for something decent? or will it at least give you the option to say no?

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tanzam75 Member since:

Indeed. Remember that the DOJ anti-trust supervision of Microsoft has ended. Thus, Microsoft is not as scared of the AV companies as it used to be.

With the introduction of Windows RT, though, Microsoft needs the OEMs more than ever. They're already grumbling about being forced to ship a Windows RT in a clean configuration. Apparently Microsoft had to throw them a bone -- which is to permit them to continue loading down Windows 8 with trialware.

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