With Microsoft quietly slipping into their backyard, security vendors may be caught in a prisoner’s dilemma: making rational decisions in anticipation of Microsoft’s next move. Symantec has released a beta of its upcoming consumer antivirus solution, Norton AntiVirus 2005 (NAV), that incorporates what Symantec has dubbed “Internet Worm Protection”. While worms are a growing menace, there is a catch; Norton’s Internet Worm Protection component suggests that users disable Windows XP’s Windows Firewall.
A Symantec spokesperson told BetaNews that the feature (Internet Worm Protection) is not a firewall, and that it has added this functionality to provide users with an extra layer of protection against what it deems, “one of the most prevalent threats on the Internet.”
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