Webroot disses Microsoft on spyware defense

26.01.2007 | 15:59
Anti-spyware firm Webroot Software criticized rival Microsoft's Windows Defender tool on Thursday, saying that the application failed to block 84 percent of a sampling of spyware programs.

Webroot, whose $30 SpySweeper application competes with Microsoft's free anti-spyware product, also claimed the software giant updated the product far slower than some competitors' software, including the security firm's own anti-spyware tool. The company labelled the issues ‘weaknesses.’

‘We understand that Microsoft’s main goal is to provide a new operating system that generally improves users’ computing environments, and we genuinely feel that Windows Vista accomplishes this,’ Gerhard Eschelbeck, chief technology officer for Webroot, said in a statement. ‘However, as a company that serves on the front lines in the battle against spyware and cybercrime, we feel strongly that in order to provide the best protection for Internet users, security must be your top–and only–priority.’

Webroot is the latest security firm to take Microsoft to task after the software giant entered the security marketplace. Both McAfee and Symantec have taken aim at Microsoft's Windows OneCare service which offers antivirus protection as well as perceived anti-competitive security measures, such as kernel patch protection.

The criticism comes the week before Microsoft launches its latest operating system, Windows Vista, which includes a number of security enhancements. Webroot did not release further data about its testing methodology.
Source SecurityFocus

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