Following an announcement last year that Microsoft will stop using the Windows Live OneCare security suite in favour a free security suite, it looks as if the free security program may be released soon.
The first announcement regarding the free security suite was made in November of last year, and the most recent statement from a Microsoft spokesman stated that the company is currently testing the product to prepare it for a free trial version open to the public.
The new security suite known as Morro, the codename for the project, is supposed to provide basic PC protection but not as an Internet security aid.
Microsoft stated that the full service security package was trialled with Windows Live OneCare but performance and upgrade problems were the deciding factor that Microsoft would stop providing end support.
Morro will be released in beta version although its clear position in the security competitive market is not yet established, as the details have not been completely released by Microsoft.
It has released however that Morro will be able to attack rootkits, Trojans, and spyware which are the most common security threats users face.
Microsoft attempted to rival security mainstays such as Symantec and McAfee with its Live OneCare security suite, but according to Janice Chaffin of Symantic, failed because the protection offered was not significant enough to meet customers’ needs.
With the introduction of Morro, Microsoft will join the ranks of Alwil and AVG who market and distribute anti-virus products and solution for free online.