collection of user data and for being misused to distribute malware.
The move draws attention to the uneasy relationship between major technology providers such as Microsoft and Apple on one hand and developers of third-party tools on the other which are designed to improve the technologies’ performance and security. While Microsoft may believe its Windows tools are good, developers and users of optimizer and cleanup apps such as CClean and Avira System Speedup believe that devices can run better and easier with a little external help.
It’s a similar situation when it comes to security for both Microsoft and Apple. Microsoft is pitching its Defender security app as the default choice and all a person really needs. However, the latest independent tests from AV Comparatives show Defender lagging behind the rest of the field — especially when it comes to false positives.
Apple dislikes antivirus apps because it upsets their company narrative that the iOS is completely secure – a claim thrown into question by the recent discovery of established iOS exploit chains.
Microsoft and Apple would both like you to stay in their gated community and play with their set of tools and equipment. But sometimes, as users have shown, outside options have a real value.