There are more laughs than one in the news that Microsoft Defender mistakenly classifies Norton AntiVirus as “malware” and offers to let the user delete it. Brian Chin at the Seattle PI:
Microsoft yay! Norton nay!
You don’t normally see the Slashdot crowd raving about how Microsoft has made the world a better place, but that was pretty much the initial reaction to WashingtonPost.com’s news that the Windows AntiSpyware beta flags Norton Anti-Virus as a malicious trojan and promptly urges users to disable it.
The first comment set the tone: “Probably the best thing any user can have happen.”
Things went downhill from there. Hit the article for the links, but the Slashdotters speak very highly of AVG Antivirus from Grisoft which has a very popular free version. I’ve never done a detailed comparison, but in my experience, Norton does have some annoying oddities and the AVG free version seems equivalently capable. If you insist on paying a large company, you might also consider Microsoft’s OneCare which is due later this year, but is now available in beta and offering a special promotion.