The New York Times on Antivirus

By Rich

Outmaneuvered at Their Own Game, Antivirus Makers Struggle to Adapt

The antivirus industry has a dirty little secret: its products are often not very good at stopping viruses.

Consumers and businesses spend billions of dollars every year on antivirus software. But these programs rarely, if ever, block freshly minted computer viruses, experts say, because the virus creators move too quickly.

Everyone in security knows this, but it is a bigger deal when the mainstream press starts covering it. Although too much of the article is a love song to various vendors who still need to prove themselves more.

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Amazing, next the NYT will discover newspapers are largely obsolete, too. 

Or maybe we’ll have to read that new flash on an anti-virus company’s blog to even things up.

By Jack Daniel

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