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Last month, Symantec Product Manager David Hall ruffled some feathers when he blasted free antivirus software. Avast’s Vincent Steckler has since had a look at the interview, and believes Hall “erroneously concludes that free products cannot be trusted, are not sufficient, etc.”

He continues, “But then again why should a firm that makes a billion dollars a year off of paid anti-virus conclude that a free anti-virus product is good…” Many of you echoed that sentiment in the comments.

Steckler has plenty of good counterpoints, which you would expect from a guy that works for a free AV provider.

Hall slammed free programs for lacking targeted indentity theft protection. Not so fast, says Steckler. “Malware focused on stealing identity information is just malware.” What about that “big gap” between the changing threat landscape and the defense provided by free apps? “[Hall] is wrongly assuming that antivirus products do the same as what they did 10 years ago,” but they don’t.

Yes, Mr. Symantec, Even free antivirus like Avast and AVG now use much more sophisticated methods to thwart potential threats.

Continue reading Avast responds to Symantec’s jaded criticisms of free antivirus

Avast responds to Symantec’s jaded criticisms of free antivirus originally appeared on Download Squad on Wed, 05 Aug 2009 12:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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