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SPYWARE: Microsoft released AntiSpyware Beta for Windows 2000, XP and Server 2003
Posted by Arne Hess - on Monday, 10.01.05 - 17:21:07 CET under 01 - General News - Viewed 8818x
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Last week, Microsoft released its Windows AntiSpyware (Beta) which is a security technology that helps protect Windows users from spyware and other potentially unwanted software. Known spyware on your PC can be detected and removed. This helps reduce negative effects caused by spyware, including slow PC performance, annoying pop-up ads, unwanted changes to Internet settings, and unauthorized use of your private information. Continuous protection improves Internet browsing safety by guarding more than 50 ways spyware can enter your PC. Participants in the worldwide SpyNet community play a key role in determining which suspicious programs are classified as spyware. Microsoft researchers quickly develop methods to counteract these threats, and updates are automatically downloaded to your PC so you stay up to date.

Detect and remove spyware

  • Easily detect spyware on your PC. Quickly and easily find spyware that can slow down your computer, display annoying pop-up ads, change Internet settings, or use your private information without your consent.
  • In-depth spyware removal returns your PC to normal. Straightforward operation and thorough removal technology make it easy for people of all skill levels to eliminate detected spyware. If you inadvertently remove any programs, you can easily get them back.
  • Maintain your PC with regularly scheduled spyware scanning and removal. Regularly scheduled spyware scans help maintain your PC. They can be run when it's convenient for you: on-demand or on any schedule you set.
  • Stay in control of what's running on your PC. Quickly discover and remove unwanted programs that may have been installed without your consent. If you inadvertently remove any programs, you can easily get them back

Improve Internet browsing safety

  • Help stop spyware in its tracks with continuous protection. Windows AntiSpyware improves Internet browsing safety by guarding more than 50 ways Web sites and programs can put spyware on your PC.
  • Protection that doesn't distract you from using your PC. Windows AntiSpyware works in the background, automatically handling spyware based on your preferences. This enables you to use your PC with minimal interruption.
  • Undo unwanted changes to Internet Explorer settings. Easily restore Internet settings that are persistently changed by spyware, including your home page or the default search engine.

Stop the latest threats

  • Stop new threats faster with SpyNet. The voluntary, worldwide SpyNet community plays a key role in determining which suspicious programs are classified as spyware. SpyNet participants help to discover new threats quickly so everyone is better protected. Any user can choose to join SpyNet and report potential spyware to Microsoft.
  • Spyware expertise you can rely on. A dedicated team of Microsoft researchers scours the Internet to discover new spyware and develop methods to counteract it.
  • Automatically stay up to date. Updates to counteract new spyware are automatically downloaded to your PC, helping to keep you protected from the latest threats.

Microsoft's Windows AntiSpyware Beta is available for free from Microsoft

Cheers ~ Arne

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Posted by zatsmee76 on 12.01.05 - 14:20:06

I think Microsoft is continuously trying to circle end users with more and more software designed indoor. The plan is to have all applications from zipping, painting, emailing to autocad, photoshop maybe, who knows, designed by Microsoft. They trying hard to corner competitors and isolate them. This will awake eventually open source protesters to give Microsoft hard times trying to find out if Microsoft was hiding some areas of windows platform for their benefit only.

The question now to ask for this new software, how reliable it is?

Posted by Vinny on 12.01.05 - 14:28:53

Well, after using it it picked up stuff that Spybot and Adaware said wasn't a problem.  I thought my system was clean, and run Adaware regularly, but MS's program caught a few (5 to be exact) programs that both missed.  So far, so good.  I think I'm going to stick with this bad boy for awhile.  I like it.

Posted by zatsmee76 on 23.01.05 - 12:40:53

Found this, some sort of bug about this software:

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