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SkiifGeek writes: "Does anyone really care when a company deletes content from its website or blog without notice and without leaving evidence that it ever existed? What if that company was an Antivirus vendor and the blog is a valuable source of information on developments in the fight against malware, what then?

McAfee recently did just that, pulling an entry at their Avert Labs blog, but not before it appeared briefly in the site's RSS feed. Despite the very short period of time that the content was actually available, it was still captured by some sites. A Google search shows a number of sites that were able to scrape the content before it could be pulled completely, including, ironically, a McAfee site that republishes the Avert Labs blog as part of its content.

Why would McAfee pull the content — what could be controversial enough in it to lead to it being pulled?

Are claims that the reason why there is so much malware is that AV vendors and developers have been so successful at blocking attacks enough to warrant deletion? What about trying to convince developers of legitimate software that packers and protectors are not valid tools anymore (just because malware authors use them)? Or even that use of these tools is going to place legitimate software at greater risk of false positive detection or delay in releasing the software and that it will mean it is viewed with suspicion?

The full deleted posting and deconstruction of the conflicting arguments presented within it can be found here."

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Did McAfee Pull Content Critical of AV Industry?

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  • Criticism of old ideas is vital to a healthy point of view.
    Take for example: most people install a firewall and an anti-virus, and they think they're good. However, it's turning out to be more of a hit and miss proposition. You can still get crap on your computer, and about the only universally regarded safe way to connect a computer to the internet is if it's sandboxed, firewalled/anti-virused, and imaged. No productivity lost; no big deal.
    We will -always- have this problem while we h

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