Microsoft announces death of OneCare

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

Microsoft has today announced its intention to kill off its commercial consumer OneCare anti-virus product.

In a move that is sure to send shivers down the spines of vendors like McAfee and Symantec who have traditionally dominated the home user market for paid for anti-virus products, Microsoft has announced its intention to release a free consumer product (codenamed “Morro”) in the second half of 2009.

In other words, it’s time to wave goodbye to OneCare, and say hello to Morro. (Sorry..)

Of course, “Morro” will not be the first anti-virus product given away for free to home users. Vendor like AVG and Avira have made security solutions available for the consumer market at no charge…

Read more in my article on the Naked Security website.

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.