Mafiasoft? Microsoft to roll out anti-virus subscription protection racket

“Microsoft Corp., the world’s largest software maker, unveiled on Thursday plans to launch a computer subscription service that would include anti-virus and security updates for personal computers,” Reuters reports.

“The Redmond, Washington-based software giant said it would initially distribute the service, called ‘Windows OneCare,’ among its employees this week and would offer a trial, or beta, service for PCs running Windows later this year. Users would pay a yearly subscription fee,” Reuters reports.

The Reuters report also contains this gem, “Apple Computer Ltd., which recently launched a major update to its Macintosh computer operating system, has long offered an anti-virus subscription service for its users.”

MacDailyNews Note: First of all, it’s really Apple Computer Incorporated, not Limited. Second of all, Apple used to offer their .Mac subscribers a free Anti-Virus application called Virex 7.5 from a third party, McAfee Security, much like Apple also once offered a free download of the game Marble Blast. One major difference between the two freebees was that Marble Blast actually did something, however trivial, for the user. There is no such offer for Apple current operating system, Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger. So, obviously, any actual research by Reuters would have revealed that Apple Computer Inc. has never offered an anti-virus subscription service for its users. Mac OS X has never had a virus, by the way.

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: There’s a tried and true name for people that will pay Microsoft for Windows and then pay them extra for some promise of protection: “suckers.” Hate to break it to you this way, but if you’re that stupid, you deserve to use Windows, and only Windows, for the rest of your life.

“A protection racket is an extortion scheme whereby a powerful organization coerces individuals or businesses to pay ‘protection money’ which allegedly serves to purchase the powerful organization’s protection services against various external threats, whereas the actual threat comes from the powerful organization itself. Those who do not buy into the protection plan are targeted by the powerful organization and are harassed to try to force payment of the protection money.” – Wikipedia

[UPDATE: 1:21pm ET: Added “Mafiasoft” to headline. Thanks, “FromSicily.” Added “MDN Note.” Edited “Related articles” below.]

Related MacDailyNews articles:
There are no viruses for Apple’s Mac OS X – May 13, 2005
Microsoft Windows Sober.P worm shows ‘epidemic’ spread; Macintosh unaffected – May 03, 2005
Apple touts Mac OS X security advantages over Windows – April 13, 2005
New ‘highly critical’ Office flaw embarrasses Microsoft – April 13, 2005
97,467 Microsoft Windows viruses vs. zero for Apple Mac’s OS X – April 05, 2005
Symantec details flaws in its antivirus software – March 30, 2005
Motley Fool writer: ‘I’d be surprised if Symantec ever sells a single product to a Mac user again’ – March 24, 2005
Symantec cries wolf with misplaced Mac OS X ‘security’ warning – March 23, 2005
Symantec’s Mac OS X claims dismissed as nonsense, FUD – March 22, 2005
Symantec warns about Mac OS X security threat – March 21, 2005
Apple’s Mac OS X is virus-free – March 18, 2005
68,736 Microsoft Windows viruses vs. zero for Apple Mac’s OS X – March 12, 2005
Microsoft tries to turn its own security flaw into commercial gain – February 25, 2005
Cybersecurity advisor Clarke questions why anybody would buy from Microsoft – February 18, 2005
Microsoft’s Gates espouses homogenous operating system environments for better security – February 07, 2005
Windows’ mounting security problems make some consumers eager to purchase Macs – January 03, 2005
Windows Media songs and videos found to carry Windows malware payloads – December 30, 2004
Anzae/Inzae worm affects all Windows versions after 3.1; Macintosh unaffected – December 28, 2004
Unlike Windows users, Mac OS X users surf the Internet without a care in the world – December 28, 2004
Multiple unpatched Windows holes crop up; Windows systems compromised within minutes in experiment – December 24, 2004
Windows spyware mess is out of control, get a Mac and surf with impunity – December 21, 2004
New Microsoft Internet Explorer exploit spoofs Web sites on fully patched Windows XP systems – December 17, 2004
Microsoft may charge extra for Windows spyware protection software – December 16, 2004
Detroit Free Press: Windows malware problem getting worse, it’s time to get a Mac instead – December 16, 2004
Sick of spyware, adware headaches? Get a Mac and surf the Internet freely – December 13, 2004
Mossberg: Windows PCs plagued with problems, Apple’s Mac is ‘rock solid, elegant and affordable’ – December 09, 2004
Security expert: Don’t use Microsoft Windows, Office, Outlook, Internet Explorer – December 09, 2004
Security test: Windows XP system easily compromised while Apple’s Mac OS X stands safe and secure – November 30, 2004
Sick of spyware, adware infecting your PC? Don’t fret, just get a Mac – November 01, 2004
Microsoft: The safest way to run Windows is on your Mac – October 08, 2004
Spyware plagues Windows users while Mac users surf Net with impunity – November 01, 2004
Ballmer blames Windows users for not upgrading systems as Microsoft’s biggest security problem – October 22, 2004
Windows users line up to pay for spyware removal; Mac users surf Web with impunity – October 18, 2004
Microsoft: The safest way to run Windows is on your Mac – October 08, 2004
Windows users’ security woes spark interest in Apple’s secure Mac OS X – October 06, 2004
Windows desktop monopoly threatened by secure, safe Apple Mac OS X – October 04, 2004
Even Bill Gates can’t avoid Windows malware; Mac users surf the Web freely – October 03, 2004
Cyber-security adviser uses Apple Macintosh to avoid Windows’ security woes – September 27, 2004
Information Security Investigator says switch from Windows to Mac OS X for security – September 24, 2004
Mossberg: Apple iMac G5 ‘powerful, affordable, virus-free with better, more modern OS than Windows XP’ – September 23, 2004
USA Today: people are switching from Windows to Mac because of security issues – September 21, 2004
Windows besieged by hackers; number of Windows viruses soars by more than 400% – September 20, 2004
USA Today columinst angry about Windows viruses, adware, spyware – September 15, 2004
University of Chicago recommends all students patch Windows at least once a day – September 14, 2004
Windows XP worm speaks to users as it deletes their files; Macintosh unaffected – September 13, 2004
Security is top priority in Apple’s Mac OS X – September 12, 2004
Millions of Windows PC’s hijacked by hackers, turned into zombies; Macintosh unaffected – September 08, 2004
Mossberg: Dump your Windows machine and get an Apple Macintosh to free yourself of spyware – August 25, 2004
Tired of patching patches to patch Windows patches? Writer suggests getting a Mac – August 03, 2004
Windows ‘Scob’ virus designed to steal financial data, passwords; Macintosh unaffected – June 26, 2004
Gartner: Worms jack up the total cost of Microsoft Windows – May 07, 2004
Spyware, adware plague Windows users online; Mac OS X users surf freely – April 19, 2004
SmartMoney: Long-suffering Windows users can only dare to dream of Mac’s ease-of-use – February 12, 2004
Mac OS X has no viruses; what’s wrong with Windows? – February 11, 2004
Gates: Windows ‘by far the most secure’ system; tries to use ‘Mac OS X secure through obscurity’ myth – January 27, 2004
Columnist tries the ‘security through obscurity’ myth to defend Windows vs. Macs on virus front – October 1, 2003
New York Times: Mac OS X ‘much more secure than Windows XP’ – September 18, 2003
Wall Street Journal’s Mossberg on making the switch from Windows to Mac – September 18, 2003
Fortune columnist: ‘get a Mac’ to thwart viruses; right answer for the wrong reasons – September 02, 2003
Shattering the Mac OS X ‘security through obscurity’ myth – August 28, 2003
Is Mac OS X really inherently more secure than Windows? – August 26, 2003
Chicago Sun-Times columnist: Windows ‘many holes in its security’ but ‘none of my Macs have ever been affected – August 26, 2003
Sick of worms and viruses? ‘Move to Mac OS X’ suggests Chicago Tribune columnist – August 25, 2003
Virus and worm problems not just due to market share; Windows inherently insecure vs. Mac OS X – August 24, 2003

56 Comments

  1. don.t mean to burst anyone.s bubble, but doesn.t Apple do the same thing with Virex in .Mac? Sure Virex isn.t NEEDED AT ALL, and .Mac offers many other features, but it still always seemed a little shady to me especially because my mom got suckered into buying it for that protection alone (windows switcher)…

  2. Yeah, because Apple would NEVER offer a subscription service…cough (dot Mac) that included virus protection…cough…cough (Virex.)

    The gull of MS, just where do they come up with these ideas?

  3. ummmm…Virex is NO LONGER PART OF .Mac..check your facts…

    .Mac v.3 doesn’t bundle Virex — since the release of Tiger, it has been discountinued.

    Besides, the virus protection was more to protect our Window’s counterparts..not really for the Mac.

  4. Let me get this straight…

    Microsoft sells it customers its OS with security holes in it – AND THEN is now gonna charge the same customers for security/anti-virus software via monthly subscription to fill in the holes of the OS that Microsoft should have softed out anyway!!!!

    WTF!

    WHAT BLOODY CHEEK! – Talk about milk the customer for EVERY RED CENT!

    IF Microsoft had actually written a decent OS in the fscking first place customers would never need this other software!!!

    I pity anyone who uses Windows because you guys are being taken for a ride by the biggest ripoff merchants of the 20th century and are being screwed big time!!

    Get the fsck away from using Microsoft products!!!

    Windows users ARE TOTAL MUGS!!

  5. edit said: “Besides, the virus protection was more to protect our Window’s counterparts..not really for the Mac.”

    Right. And as MDN said let people stupid enough to buy a Windows machine suffer. I’m not cluttering my Mac with unneccessary software just to protect Windows users from the consequences of their own bad choice.

    MW: why Why should I protect them?

  6. Mark as you yourself pointed out .Mac is more than Virex, much more. Your mother did not get suckered into anything. Look at all the benfits of .Mac, seriously. Backup is the most important thing in .Mac. Also Homepage. Not even talking about email, addressbook backup/lookup, bookmark backup/lookup. so many things.

    Jefre

  7. now, we have an interesting situation. microsoft as the Don. could have seen THAT coming. after all, microsoft is in dire need of money. and this will result in a “Fix the Symtom” and not the problem. delete viruses instead of fixing IE (for example)… mark my words hehe.

    WE ARE MICROSOFT, BEND OVER AND PAY.

  8. Add “thugs” to the list of descriptors for Microsoft.

    Copycats, pilferers, philanderer, crooks, thieves, etc….you get the picture.

    Ironic that my MW is ‘wanted.’ As in, ‘Microsoft is wanted for high-tech crimes. Reward: Bill Gates’ house.”

  9. Typical Microsoft. Let’s blackmail our users in buying protection against there own software which they have not fixed! Let’s make more money on our already crappy insecure operating system on top of what they charge to buy it initially. Way to go Microshaft!

    Now is a really good time to switch to a Mac.

  10. I simply CANNOT BELIEVE that MicroShaft would be able to get away with this. Where are the torches? Where are the pitchforks? Where are the villagers storming the monster’s hideout? This is by far the most hideous abuse of monoply power in existance AGAINST THE CONSUMER! In the past, Frankenshaft has wielded its monoply power against other companies, but now it’s against the consumer. THIS IS MONSTROUS!

    MDNMW is view – as in: The view from my Mac is clean and clear.

Reader Feedback

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.