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Windows Defender Leaves Beta

Microsoft has released another fine piece of software, Windows Defender for Windows XP. Some new features the final release has over the most recent beta:

  • New option to display Windows Defender system tray icon even when there are no pending actions needed.
  • Enhanced performance through a new scanning engine.
  • Streamlined, simplified user interface and alerts.
  • Improved control over programs on your computer with enhanced Software Explorer.
  • Multiple language support with globalization and localization features.
  • Protection features for all users, whether or not they have administrator rights on the computer.
  • Support for assistive technology for individuals who have physical or cognitive difficulties, impairments, and disabilities.
  • Support for Microsoft Windows XP Professional x64 Edition.
  • Automatic cleaning according to your settings during regularly scheduled scans.

Defender Beta 2 expires December 21, so this free upgrade is not exactly optional.

Be aware that Windows Defender will attempt to delete the entire program and directories of some spyware-ridden file-sharing programs, like KaZaA.

Windows Defender is easilly the best anti-malware software I’ve ever run. It is effective, easy, light on the system; just an all-around pleasure to run. Microsoft issued statistics that say Defender found 22 million pieces of spyware applications in just a 2 1/2 month period earlier this year.

The top 25 most removed programs include Direct Revenue’s ABetterInternet.DrPMon, Total Velocity’s TV Media Display, Twain Tech’s browser add-on for Internet Explorer, WhenU’s SaveNow adware program, Zango SearchAssistant and the Kazaa and BearShare file-sharing applications.

Interestingly, only 60% of users opt to remove the malicious software when presenting it, showing Microsoft still needs to close the stupidity hole among many Windows users.
(via M-Dollar > Digg)

October 25th, 2006 Posted by Nathan Weinberg | General, Security, Defender | 6 comments
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  1. I don’t believe it’s necessarily stupidity. I will not use any tool that does not request my ok before it undertakes any action on my PC, especially from Microsoft. This should be standard practice, it seems MS has not learnt from the IE6 debacle.

    Comment by alanh | 10/25/2006

  2. I wanted to stop by and personally thank you for linking to my blog. Please feel free to do so in the future.

    Jason Shore

    Comment by J.Shore | 10/25/2006

  3. Pleasure, Jason. E-mail me if you have something you think I should blog.

    Comment by Nathan Weinberg | 10/26/2006

  4. Nathan

    Good update. It might interest you to know that we are benchmarking Windows Defender with other commercial antispyware products. So far,Windows Defender seems to holding up well in comparison to other products.

    Comment by Gary-the data center guy | 12/5/2006

  5. Defender seems unable to remove TV Media Display - an EVIL bug on my computer. If it is so great, why does it not remove this? The people who create these viruses should be shot.

    Comment by Thomas | 12/12/2006

  6. I’d like to deploy Windows Defender v1115930 out to our clients on several servers without the user having to wait for Windows Defender to scan their hard drive when they log on. I can’t figure out how I might accomplish this. Or can it even be done? Any help would be appreciated. I am a new user of Altiris and the Wise Package Studio. So please don’t be toooo technical. Thanks

    Comment by cwilliams | 1/3/2007

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