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McAfee, Symantec Think Vista Unfair 424

davidwr writes "Is Microsoft unfairly locking anti-virus companies out of Vista? Symantec and McAfee seem to think so and they aren't being very quiet about it, placing a full-page ad in the Financial Times. If you've found the ad online, please post a link."
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McAfee, Symantec Think Vista Unfair

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  • by jfclavette ( 961511 ) on Monday October 02, 2006 @12:46PM (#16278675)
    Smalltown, US - NAPA says increased quality in GM exhausts unfair. A representative is quoted saying: "GM is in the business of building cars. There's no reason for them to build quality parts for their cars. It's absolutely unfair that the default exhaust lasts more than 3 weeks without needing a replacement. They're trying to drive us out of business."
  • BuggyWhips! (Score:5, Funny)

    by bigattichouse ( 527527 ) on Monday October 02, 2006 @12:53PM (#16278791) Homepage
    My buggywhip business has been unfairly targetted by these so-called horse-less carraiges! I demand Mr. Ford require buggywhips in all his model-T vehicles!
  • by Colin Smith ( 2679 ) on Monday October 02, 2006 @12:55PM (#16278829)
    When you dance with the devil...

  • by in2mind ( 988476 ) on Monday October 02, 2006 @01:04PM (#16278993) Homepage
    Looks like these companies would place a ad if there were a dearth of virus too

    "Due to lack of sufficient number of viruses our business is not doing well.Please write virus"

  • by codepunk ( 167897 ) on Monday October 02, 2006 @01:22PM (#16279343)
    If you want to play with the big boys you got to play like one. They could fix this situation in
    less than a week and have microsoft bending over backwards to help them out.

    CEO Symantec: Billy you are pissing me off let me have access to what I want.

    Billy: No way we are taking over the playground.

    CEO Symantec: Well you are going to let me have access to what I want or else.

    Billy: Or else what, I am not scared of you I own the desktop.

    CEO Symantec: Ok here is what I am gonna do.

    Billy: laughs

    CEO Symantec: We are immediately updating all of our desktop software.

    Billy: yea so

    CEO Symantec: Any time a virus is found on the system it will pop up a message to the user. If it
    is browser installed malware it will contain the following message "A virus related to your IE installation was quarenteened and removed. To eliminate future possible system infections you can
    go to and download a secure browser which will greatly enhance your web surfing experience".

    Billy: I don't much care about IE anyhow we don't even make money on it.

    CEO Symantec: Any time a macro virus is found on the system it will pop up a message to the user. "A macro virus has been found on your system and it is possible that your personal data could have been stolen. A better office suite that is even compatible with your current documents and is totally fee of charge is available at If you would like this installed press ok and the macro virus will be removed and we will upgrade your system to a better office suite"

    Billy: oh crap, please don't do that.

    CEO Symantec: Also when it catches a system virus it is gonna point the user to ubuntu and offer to install it.

    Billy: Tell you what we will send over a team of developers and help you fully integrate with our system.

    Problem solved!
  • by ElephanTS ( 624421 ) on Monday October 02, 2006 @05:05PM (#16283631)
    I thought car/computer analogies were made illegal back in 2001?

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