Vendors Spar over Security Freeware Release

Call it a case of who was on first first.

Officials at CyberDefender and Crawler traded barbs recently over a press release issued July 27 about Crawler’s Spyware Terminator 2.0 and Web Security Guard. In the release, Crawler officials stated that the real-time anti-spyware protection in Spyware Terminator coupled with Web Security Guard’s Internet threat prevention produce “the industry’s first totally free, full Internet security suite available to consumers and businesses.”

However, Alan Wallace, senior vice president of corporate communications at Los Angeles-based CyberDefender, said his company released a free version of its Internet security suite in November 2006. CyberDefenderFree 2.0 includes anti-spyware, anti-virus, spam and phishing protection.

“I have no problems with competition,” he said. “Everybody needs better protection; the more competition the better. But … I don’t know how you have two firsts.”

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