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PS3 gets its own antivirus application

Written by James Delahunty (Google+) @ 16 Nov 2007 10:46 User comments (28)

PS3 gets its own antivirus application Even just a few years ago, the idea of a company offering anti virus software for a games console would have been laughable. Nowadays however, the Internet's role in consoles (even handhelds like the PSP) is growing, and so too is the risk of getting malware infections or exposing sensitive data. At least that is the assertion of Trend Micro Inc., which has launched such software for the PlayStation 3 (PS3).
Not only does this software protect users form malicious web sites, it also has a password-protected service to keep websites depicting illegal activity, pornography or similar content away from children's eyes. It makes sense to offer such a service, as many parents who do monitor and take a roll in the PC use of their children are just too happy to let them sit in front of a games console alone and be quiet for a few hours.

However, some industry experts are wondering if this sort of protection is needed for consoles right now, and whether there is significant demand for it. "I think the jury's still out," said Daniel Ives, an analyst at Friedman Billings Ramsey. "Over the coming years, as the console becomes more common in terms of Web browsing, that's when you can really try to gauge what type of opportunity it is for the antivirus vendors."

Trend Micro however, maintains the claim that consoles are becoming increasingly at risk to these threats and its new PS3 software applies the company's technologies for identifying Web sites that host malicious code or are a front to steal passwords. It was released earlier this month as part of a PS3 upgrade and will be free until April.

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28 user comments

116.11.2007 13:00
26r0cK
Inactive

I think is gonna be useful since next-gen consoles are becoming more pc-funtioned. Much more useful then that xbox360 app that parents sets the time limit on how long the system can be played lol.

216.11.2007 13:05

Hmm... does this mean someone has broken the PS3 software and hacked into it? You know what that means: Homebrew! Oh, and this Trend Micro crap is probably a stunt to not allow unsigned/non-Sony code from running on the PS3.

The reason MS doesn't have this BTW, is because all games run through the Xbox Live servers, and don't rely on third parties (ie. GameSpy) for their online play. I would believe that beyond being a revenue stream, Xbox Live was designed like this from the ground up for security reasons.

316.11.2007 14:19

Sounds good. If you want it, get it. If you dont want it, dont get it. I have not used the PS3 much to surf the web, was worried about getting a virus. I will feel more comfortable once this comes out. Thanks Sony and Trend Micro Inc.

416.11.2007 16:34

I better be able to turn it on and off.
And it better not change firmware or anything like that.
Or even pay.

516.11.2007 16:40

Originally posted by glasssd:
Sounds good. If you want it, get it. If you dont want it, dont get it. I have not used the PS3 much to surf the web, was worried about getting a virus. I will feel more comfortable once this comes out. Thanks Sony and Trend Micro Inc.
Why? It's not Windows! That's not a knock on Windows, because I use it for everything, but have you ever seen a virus on a Mac, Linux PC, cell phone, PDA, iPod, etc.??? I'm sure there's one or two out there, but it's rare. If a virus were to happen, can't Sony just patch the hole in their software and send out a firmware update? I think this is a ridiculous feature, and who knows what it scans and how that effects system performance.

616.11.2007 16:47

I dont think it is a bad idea for them to give you this option to use. I would prefer something like NOD32 which doesnt hurt your performance like other anti-viruses.

716.11.2007 18:20

Like xSmodder said. I would want to be able to turn it off if I dont like it.

816.11.2007 21:09
hughjars
Inactive

Is Sony involved in this?

With their track-record?

No thanks.

This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 16 Nov 2007 @ 21:10

916.11.2007 21:31
evz
Inactive

Originally posted by SProdigy:
Hmm... does this mean someone has broken the PS3 software and hacked into it? You know what that means: Homebrew! Oh, and this Trend Micro crap is probably a stunt to not allow unsigned/non-Sony code from running on the PS3.

The reason MS doesn't have this BTW, is because all games run through the Xbox Live servers, and don't rely on third parties (ie. GameSpy) for their online play. I would believe that beyond being a revenue stream, Xbox Live was designed like this from the ground up for security reasons.
I'm pretty sure this is meant for the PS3 web browser and not playstation network gaming.

1017.11.2007 1:27

Hell after 6 months of PC chilin 7 I dropped it and got Kasversky for 30(instead of 20 I normally get trend pcc).

It might run better in a lunix enviroment but trend is not all that great they have fallen to last even under mcafee 0-o

Norton is still to fcking costly, I will only pay 20-30 for a full AV/firewall app I refuse to pay more than that and even teh norton AV oems are not cheap....

1117.11.2007 14:18
vinny13
Inactive

Norton is 100% pure concentrated evil!

1217.11.2007 14:22

Originally posted by vinny13:
Norton is 100% pure concentrated evil!
I have ran some of the newer stuff its not that bad and their AV has always been good, its just costly and I am not rich.

Hell trend is starting to lag so much windows defender is starting to catch more things 0-o

1317.11.2007 17:38

Quote:
Originally posted by vinny13:
Norton is 100% pure concentrated evil!
I have ran some of the newer stuff its not that bad and their AV has always been good, its just costly and I am not rich.

Hell trend is starting to lag so much windows defender is starting to catch more things 0-o

Zippy Norton is the the worst next to Mcafee. Those are like playmates to viruses and trojans and so forth. They never detect anything until its either done its dirty deeds or your pc is already dead.

1417.11.2007 18:15

Quote:
Quote:
Originally posted by vinny13:
Norton is 100% pure concentrated evil!
I have ran some of the newer stuff its not that bad and their AV has always been good, its just costly and I am not rich.

Hell trend is starting to lag so much windows defender is starting to catch more things 0-o

Zippy Norton is the the worst next to Mcafee. Those are like playmates to viruses and trojans and so forth. They never detect anything until its either done its dirty deeds or your pc is already dead.

oh really? from review sites that I have seen that rates them via protection and resource use Norton is near the top.

Oh sorry it seems they are middle ware after all
http://www.pcworld.com/article/124475-1/article.html

LOL

wait what? how did macfee get to be 2? 0_o

oh wait...old news
http://www.pcworld.com/article/id,130869/article.html

ahh this makes more sense :P

1518.11.2007 2:21

Quote:
Quote:
Quote:
Originally posted by vinny13:
Norton is 100% pure concentrated evil!
I have ran some of the newer stuff its not that bad and their AV has always been good, its just costly and I am not rich.

Hell trend is starting to lag so much windows defender is starting to catch more things 0-o

Zippy Norton is the the worst next to Mcafee. Those are like playmates to viruses and trojans and so forth. They never detect anything until its either done its dirty deeds or your pc is already dead.

oh really? from review sites that I have seen that rates them via protection and resource use Norton is near the top.

Oh sorry it seems they are middle ware after all
http://www.pcworld.com/article/124475-1/article.html

LOL

wait what? how did macfee get to be 2? 0_o

oh wait...old news
http://www.pcworld.com/article/id,130869/article.html

ahh this makes more sense :P

I dont go off reviews i go off experience. Since i got some common sense and since i have done PC repair work. If we had 250 customers and 150 of them had norton 120 of those people would be infected with a virus or trojan and so forth within a month or so. Some could have been do to user error or recklessness or just a crappy product. Norton is known for not detecting things until its done its deeds and thats a pure fact not my personal opinion.

1618.11.2007 7:34

The trend micro software is only for the internet browser on the PS3 and its mainly to protect kids from pictures and videos that are explicit or stuff with swearing.

Nod32 is the second best kapersky is the best,if your still getting viruses with any of these two you dont have them set up properly.

This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 18 Nov 2007 @ 7:36

1718.11.2007 10:16

Quote:
Quote:
Quote:
Quote:
Originally posted by vinny13:
Norton is 100% pure concentrated evil!
I have ran some of the newer stuff its not that bad and their AV has always been good, its just costly and I am not rich.

Hell trend is starting to lag so much windows defender is starting to catch more things 0-o

Zippy Norton is the the worst next to Mcafee. Those are like playmates to viruses and trojans and so forth. They never detect anything until its either done its dirty deeds or your pc is already dead.

oh really? from review sites that I have seen that rates them via protection and resource use Norton is near the top.

Oh sorry it seems they are middle ware after all
http://www.pcworld.com/article/124475-1/article.html

LOL

wait what? how did macfee get to be 2? 0_o

oh wait...old news
http://www.pcworld.com/article/id,130869/article.html

ahh this makes more sense :P

I dont go off reviews i go off experience. Since i got some common sense and since i have done PC repair work. If we had 250 customers and 150 of them had norton 120 of those people would be infected with a virus or trojan and so forth within a month or so. Some could have been do to user error or recklessness or just a crappy product. Norton is known for not detecting things until its done its deeds and thats a pure fact not my personal opinion.
From what I have read and talked to a few IT friends Norton has improved greatly in the past 2 years so meh...its still to rich for my blood :P

1818.11.2007 10:52
vinny13
Inactive

The average user rating for NOD32 on CNET is a 9.3. CNET rated NOD32 2.5 a 7.3 only because it's confusing for the average user but the people still rated it an 8.9. Most Nortons and Kaspersky were rated a 7 or an 8 by CNET and no higher then 6 by the people.

I always used to use Norton because everyone told me it was the best. Then I got a Trojan.Vundoo.B or whatever(like a million others too, don't ask), and even it managed to get infected! I couldn't get rid of the virus because I would be deleting my AV! But I did it anyways and was on the lookout for an AV and I needed one fast. I downloaded Kaspersky and it cleaned every virus. I rescanned and they were all still there! So I was like WTF and then I found NOD32 and it cleaned everything! Although I still had to recover my computer because everything was so F-ed up but oh well. Now I use NOD32 on all my computers and I can find all my needs for it on the fan forum(you should know what I'm talking about).

This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 18 Nov 2007 @ 10:55

1918.11.2007 11:06

Originally posted by vinny13:
The average user rating for NOD32 on CNET is a 9.3. CNET rated NOD32 2.5 a 7.3 only because it's confusing for the average user but the people still rated it an 8.9. Most Nortons and Kaspersky were rated a 7 or an 8 by CNET and no higher then 6 by the people.

I always used to use Norton because everyone told me it was the best. Then I got a Trojan.Vundoo.B or whatever(like a million others too, don't ask), and even it managed to get infected! I couldn't get rid of the virus because I would be deleting my AV! But I did it anyways and was on the lookout for an AV and I needed one fast. I downloaded Kaspersky and it cleaned every virus. I rescanned and they were all still there! So I was like WTF and then I found NOD32 and it cleaned everything! Although I still had to recover my computer because everything was so F-ed up but oh well. Now I use NOD32 on all my computers and I can find all my needs for it on the fan forum(you should know what I'm talking about).
Well soem virus are made to bypass specific AV programs,also no AV program is perfect...but Kav is awesome >>

2018.11.2007 13:04

The best antivirus is Panda in my opinion have had it on my PC for a long time now.I have never had to worry about viruses,and I tried out Nod32 and Kaspersky and they both suck compared to Panda.Even their nanoscan online virus scanner is better than Nod32 and Kaspersky.

2118.11.2007 13:10

Originally posted by L-Burna:
The best antivirus is Panda in my opinion have had it on my PC for a long time now.I have never had to worry about viruses,and I tried out Nod32 and Kaspersky and they both suck compared to Panda.Even their nanoscan online virus scanner is better than Nod32 and Kaspersky.
I'l keep it in mind but so far I love Kav internet security fire wall is great AV is great and have the other things off :P

2218.11.2007 13:10

Quote:
Well soem virus are made to bypass specific AV programs,also no AV program is perfect...but Kav is awesome >>
Most viruses made are targeting Norton or the more popular antivirus programs.There is no True Prevent technology,because you can bypass any antivirus program.

2318.11.2007 13:44
vinny13
Inactive

Originally posted by L-Burna:
The best antivirus is Panda in my opinion have had it on my PC for a long time now.I have never had to worry about viruses,and I tried out Nod32 and Kaspersky and they both suck compared to Panda.Even their nanoscan online virus scanner is better than Nod32 and Kaspersky.
Did you set NOD32 up right? That's the only problem with NOD32. It's like a pizza some guy said. It gives you many "toppings" or choices, which is good but some just like the plain sauce and cheese. I went through all the settings last night on my friend's computer and now it's bullet-proof :)

But knowing my friend, he'll find a way to really screw things up, again...

The only way to stay away from viruses is to buy a Mac like I did :P

2418.11.2007 14:01

Quote:
Originally posted by L-Burna:
The best antivirus is Panda in my opinion have had it on my PC for a long time now.I have never had to worry about viruses,and I tried out Nod32 and Kaspersky and they both suck compared to Panda.Even their nanoscan online virus scanner is better than Nod32 and Kaspersky.
Did you set NOD32 up right? That's the only problem with NOD32. It's like a pizza some guy said. It gives you many "toppings" or choices, which is good but some just like the plain sauce and cheese. I went through all the settings last night on my friend's computer and now it's bullet-proof :)

But knowing my friend, he'll find a way to really screw things up, again...

The only way to stay away from viruses is to buy a Mac like I did :P
mac has viri
http://www.google.com/search?client=fire...G=Google+Search

0_o

2518.11.2007 22:13
vinny13
Inactive

http://www.zdnet.com.au/news/security/so...39272051,00.htm

Anyways, I just put NOD32 2.7 on one of my other friend's computers and it cleaned 60+ trojans :)

Norton was once again found crying in the corner, useless.

2618.11.2007 22:28

I used Norton Internet Security, and so far it hasn't given me any headaces yet. There is not a single anti-virus that's flawless. They all have different detection, prevention and ease of use.


2710.12.2007 21:40

The way consoles are growing nowadays they would need this as standard inbuilt protection.

2826.7.2011 10:38
OSS117
Unverified new user

I have a very bad experience with Trend Mirco. I purchase full version and installed on PS-3 but could not activate it and after so many emails exchanged between me and trend mirco I removed it. Thanks God I also get the refund but with after some time.

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