Qihoo 360 accuses Microsoft of copying its antivirus

August 2, 2022

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, and all that! Qihoo 360 may not be a name that you might be familiar with, but the company is one of the bigger ones when it comes to computing security.

With a billion active internet users, it is a leading provider of security solutions in China. And has actually been a dominant force in the country for quite some time now.

In fact, the company believes their success is something that even Microsoft is imitating.

Zhou Hongyi, the cofounder of the Chinese internet security firm Qihoo 360 Technology, made some interesting remarks at the 10th Internet Security Conference in late July. He told the audience that the software titan is copying the Qihoo 360 Safe Center, and creating a Microsoft computer butler.

Qihoo 360 Logo

According to the report, Zhou explained that the Redmond based company is looking at the solutions Qihoo creates to improve its own offerings:

“As a technology giant, Microsoft draws lessons from Qihoo 360’s security concept in the security field, which also proves that our security concept is relatively advanced and is on a correct path.

There are always peers misleading the public and the government, saying that C-end security companies can’t do enterprise-oriented business, and the data is useless. This is complete jealousy of us. Security companies that only do enterprise-oriented business can’t see it because they don’t have big data on the whole network.”

These comments, as you may have guessed, were made as a compliment.

In a later post on Weibo, Zhou went on to explain that Microsoft is actually doing a terrific job when it comes to its focus on the C-end:

“I have to clarify that I am not bombarding Microsoft, but actually expressing my appreciation for the company. In the digital age, only companies from the C-end can do a good job of security because they have numerous users and can put big data into the cloud for security analysis. I think Qihoo 360 and Microsoft are both future-oriented companies.”

Microsoft branded security software is hot stuff these days, actually, with the company amping up its abilities every chance it gets. It even recently made its programs available for individual users that are ready to move away from third-party solutions.

The experience and intelligence Microsoft has in this space is helping its security software take the leap, not only on Windows but also on other devices powered by competing platforms.

Now, whether this success is cooked by inspiration from somewhere else, that remains a talking point.

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Fahad Ali is a professional freelancer, specializing in technology, web design and development and enterprise applications. He is the primary contributor to this website. When he is not typing away on his keyboard, he is relaxing to some soft jazz.

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