The rise of the anti malware widget
Nobody keeps count of the number of security programs in existence, but it's fair to say their number has rocketed in the last five years. Interestingly, this has not been in the big anti malware suites, which are more complex but about as numerous as they ever were. The real growth has been in a new class of Web 2.0 security programs I call 'scanning widgets'.
New examples of these mini-programs appears almost every day, a good example from recent weeks being Panda Software’s Nanoscan, a browser-based scanner that will perform a quick check of a PC for the usual array of parasites and nasties. Fire up the right browser (IE 6.0 or later on XP, not Vista) and hit the button to find out just how malware-infested your PC has become even from quite innocent use. Techworld.com
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