Tag: Webroot

The McAfee anti-virus ate my spreadsheet tool

That won’t be an excuse for not getting your work done this morning, if you follow the advice below…

If you do a lot of spreadsheet work and run McAfee security tools, please check for updates when you hit the desk this morning. A bad McAfee definition was identifying Excel as a virus late last week, but McAfee quickly fixed the problem. This is particularly important for those who leave the office for lunch on Fridays, and don’t come back.

It wasn’t long ago that Microsoft’s anti-spyware was beating up Norton, so McAfee might just be teaching Microsoft a lesson here, at the bequest of a neighbor. Now all we need is for Webroot to start flagging Word files, CA to close all ports on boxes running SQL Server, and TrendMicro to reroute all Outlook messages through Google’s Gmail, and we’ll have a really fun conspiracy here.

Anti-spyware business booming, but for how long?

Webroot is saying that business is booming, but I have to ask, “for how long?”

Microsoft is carefully negotiating the streets of security. They had to make a decision on how to offer products like Windows Defender – do they give it away and risk more problems with the InJustice Department, or make users pay for their security problems?

Its Microsoft, for goodness sakes. Of course they are going to try and sell it! But they still might bump against legalese. They are being very, no extremely, price competitive. In fact, they could be pricing other desktop security vendors out of the market.

Webroot’s “State of the Spyware”

According to the latest report from anti-spyware vendor Webroot, the arena of surreptitious online data gathering and advertising is worth billions to those involved. And that estimate does not include anyone making their way trying to stop it. We already knew there must be money in it, but estimating how much was anyones’ guess.

Symantec Anti-Spyware at your service

It may be a day, but I sure as heck hope it isn’t a dollar short. Symantec just released their consumer anti-spyware product, months after Microsoft (aided by acquisitions in the space) coughed up their offering.

A pack of small companies took advantage of delays from both, including Webroot of Boulder, Colorado, whose Spy Sweeper product is a favorite among many, and Pest Patrol, now owned by Computer Associates. Symantec was full of excuses for falling behind, including saying that none of the existing products on the market were any good, and that consumers really wanted an offering bundled with anti-virus.

Time will tell if they were right.

Is it spyware, or isn’t it?

I feel very sorry for Windows/IE users. Not only are they susceptible to all kinds of spyware/malware, but the protection they buy may not be protecting them at all. I am talking about commerical spyware removal and protection tools.

Tools such as Computer Associates’ PestPatrol™, Webroot’s Spysweeper, and Sunbelt Software’s CounterSpy, are designed to protect computers (ok, Windows computers), but defining what to protect against may be a bigger problem to begin with.