- New anti-malware vendors sometimes disparage more established vendors as providing less sophisticated products as a marketing tool.
- Windows developers at Microsoft don’t like the perception (which is sometimes the truth) that anti-malware products slow down Windows. When a user has a bad Windows experience, for whatever reason, Microsoft feels the impact.
- Other developers hate that anti-malware products embed themselves into Windows in sometimes strange and unusual ways, causing potential havoc with their own efforts and possibly introducing new and powerful security vulnerabilities. Anti-malware vendors argue that they need to do this to prevent particularly nasty threats from digging in at the lowest security levels within the operating system.
- Users who have never (knowingly) suffered a malware attack often question the very necessity for anti-malware.
- Some testers/ researchers make it their life’s mission to discover technical problems with anti-malware, sometimes apparently taking the position that “anti-malware is bad for you,” rather than, “you need it, it’s a bit broken but here’s how to fix it.”
This is a Security Bloggers Network syndicated blog post authored by Simon PG Edwards. Read the original post at: SPECIAL EDITION