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Microsoft's Free Anti-virus Software Morro | PowerOptions Web Log
Having recently announced the upcoming release of its first free anti-virus software, Microsoft (MSFT) has put itself on the path of patching the yawning holes in its security, swooping at the same time into the territory of multi-billion dollar anti-virus companies Symantec (SYMC)and MacAfee (MFE). Morro, named after Brazil’s Morro de Sao Paulo beach, will replace Microsoft’s first foray into the anti-virus world. You may remember Live OneCare, Microsoft’s fizzle-and-flop attempt at virus protection, whose threat to industry leaders was far more bark than bite. Morro’s exact release date is unknown, though Microsoft says it will launch the free product by the end of 2009. Microsoft employees are currently testing an early version. This has been a long time coming. In the mid 1990s, Microsoft turned a blind eye to the increasing security issues arising from the emergence of viruses. Symantec and MacAfee, the anti-virus industries two highest grossing leaders...