Microsoft’s Vista ‘will reduce security choices’: Symantec

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Leading computer security firm Symantec warned that users of Microsoft’s new ‘Vista’ operating system could find their options for running anti-virus style software seriously reduced.

The problem, Symantec’s communications director Chris Paden explained, was that Vista currently contains a built-in Microsoft ‘security centre’ that includes applications such as anti-virus software, firewalls and anti-spyware packages.Security Centres have existed in previous Microsoft systems — there is one in the popular Windows XP for example — but until now it has always been possible to replace the Microsoft package with security software made by another company.

With the current version of Vista this will not be possible, Paden said. It will be possible to install other security packages but not remove the Microsoft centre.

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