8 months after Qihoo (QIHU) encroached on Baidu's (BIDU) turf by launching a search engine,...

|By:, SA News Editor

8 months after Qihoo (QIHU) encroached on Baidu's (BIDU) turf by launching a search engine, Baidu is returning the favor by launching PC antivirus software meant to compete with Qihoo's 360 Safeguard and Anti-Virus apps, which are deployed on hundreds of millions of Chinese PCs. Just as Qihoo has attacked the authenticity of Baidu's search results, look for Baidu to exploit criticism of Qihoo's practices. A government agency recently denounced Qihoo for making uninstalls difficult and tricking users into thinking they're installing a Microsoft patch, among other things.