Microsoft has been trying for several years to try and persuade consumer to use their anti-virus/spyware combo software. They first tried offering protection to us with their OneCare software products. I used OneCare while it was in beta testing. It appeared to work properly and also offered some other features such as backup/restore in addition to the standard anti-virus/spyware protections. At first companies like Symantec and McAfee felt threatened until consumers failed to embrace the new product from Microsoft.

I recall many had the opinion that allowing Microsoft to protect our systems was like letting the fox guarding the hen house. With products like AVG and Avast offering free anti-virus/spyware protection there didn’t seem a reason to use a Microsoft product. In a press release Microsoft states:

“Customers around the world have told us that they need comprehensive, ongoing protection from new and existing threats, and we take that concern seriously,” said Amy Barzdukas, senior director of product management for the Online Services and Windows Division at Microsoft. “This new, no-cost offering will give us the ability to protect an even greater number of consumers, especially in markets where the growth of new PC purchases is outpaced only by the growth of malware.”

Built on Microsoft’s award-winning malware protection engine, “Morro” will take advantage of the same core anti-malware technology that fuels the company’s current line of security products, which have received the VB100 award from Virus Bulletin, Checkmark Certification from West Coast Labs and certification from the International Computer Security Association Labs. The new solution will deliver the same core protection against malware as that offered through Microsoft’s enterprise solutions, but will not include many of the additional non-security features found in many consumer security suites.

So I have a question for you. Will you be using the new Morro on your system? Share your thoughts with us.

Comments welcome.