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Re: A suggestion to all AV vendors...
From: "Mary Landesman" <mlande () bellsouth net>
Date: Tue, 7 Dec 2004 13:22:30 -0500

Trend Micro's PC-cillin Internet Security 2005 already has a vulnerability
assessment feature that lists missing patches and needed updates.

It also scans for spyware via the system registry.

The A/V vendors have known for several years now exactly how not to
send "a virus was cleaned from your email by ShinyAV" spam, but they keep
doing it anyhow, just to get brainshare for ShinyAV.

The alerting feature was put into place long before email spoofing became a
problem. The issue with the alerts - as annoying as they are - has much more
to do with clueless admins who turn them on and far less to do with the a/v
vendors (though there are a few instances of market-happy a/v vendors who do
it by default).

It's an unfortunate reality that the masses expect the antivirus vendors to
step up to the plate and cure whatever ails their PC. Even user-invited
spyware has been added to the list, along with spam, phishing scams, and now
patch management. And despite their attempts to service this demanding
market, it seems many enjoy bashing the antivirus vendors second only to
bashing Microsoft.

-- Mary

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