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Microsoft AntiSpyware Available For Download

Microsoft has put Microsoft AntiSpyware beta online.

More to come…
(via Michael Swanson’s MSDN blog)

UPDATE: The download is just under 6.4 megabytes, not bad. The text from the site reads (boring portions cut out):

Windows AntiSpyware (Beta) 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 over 50 ways spyware can enter your PC.

The worldwide SpyNet™ community plays a key role in determining which suspicious programs are classified as spyware. Microsoft researchers quickly develop methods to counteract these threats, which are automatically downloaded to your PC, so you stay up-to-date.

The user must be an administrator to install this application.

Note to Users of Giant AntiSpyware:
Current Giant AntiSpyware users with active subscriptions are advised to continue to use their existing software. Click here for more information.

If your subscription has expired, and you choose to download and install Windows AntiSpyware (Beta), you must first uninstall any previous versions of Giant AntiSpyware.

Supported Operating Systems: Windows 2000, Windows 2000 Advanced Server, Windows 2000 Professional Edition , Windows 2000 Server, Windows 2000 Service Pack 2, Windows 2000 Service Pack 3, Windows 2000 Service Pack 4, Windows Server 2003, Windows XP, Windows XP Home Edition , Windows XP Media Center Edition, Windows XP Professional Edition , Windows XP Service Pack 1, Windows XP Service Pack 2, Windows XP Tablet PC Edition

You may have trouble reaching the download page, just keep hitting refresh. Also, so far I have been unable to actually open the program, although it does appear to be running in the background.

UPDATE 2: So, I’ve found my first bug. The initial setup doesn’t have a taskbar button, and doesn’t show up when you ALT-TAB, so if you switch to another window, you will never be able to find it again. Of course, I’m being overdramatic, since you can start minimizing windows till you find it, or you can close it in the task manager and start again, but its still something that needs to be fixed. Also, the program seems to fail / crash randomly. Not a good start…

UPDATE 3: So far so good. Past the initial hickups, its scanning my system quite quickly. Seems as fast as Ad-aware or Spybot, even with 20 programs running on my system. It found two spyware programs (with 49 spyware signatures) which both of those competitors completely missed, despite the fact that I scan with Spybot every night and with Ad-aware once a week, plus have Spybot’s active scan, Teatimer, always running. I’ll do a full review later, but so far I’m satisfied with the program.

January 6th, 2005 Posted by Nathan Weinberg | General, Security | no comments
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