Microsoft to fight virus writers head on

Wednesday, 11 June 2003, 2:27 PM EST

The move will court controversy as traditionally Microsoft has stayed out of the anti-virus market, preferring to concentrate on its flagship Windows operating system.

Now it has announced plans to acquire Romanian firm GeCAD Software, and develop an own-brand anti-virus product.

Windows has long been a favourite target for viruses and any move to make anti-virus software could spur even more activity from malicious code writers.

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