Microsoft's new anti-spyware solution will be free

By Derek Sooman on February 15, 2005, 6:03 PM
Microsoft's new anti-spyware solution will be free, it has been revealed. The software giant plans to give the software away for home users, and to provide a paid version of the product for business customers. Microsoft is also on its way to providing anti-virus solutions as well, in the aftermath of their takeover of Sybari Software, announced last week.

Microsoft also plans to launch a new version of its Internet Explorer Web browser that incorporates more stringent security features.

"Customers are concerned about the risk malware (malicious software) poses to their personal information, and frustrated by its impact on the reliability and performance of their computers." - Bill Gates.

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Spike said:
Apart from the fact that it seems the fox is now guarding the chicken coup, it's fairly obvious, even to MS I hope, that this is the kind of MS software that would offent the EXACT sort of people inclined to find holes in it and exploit them. Knowing MS, it will sooner or later have some form of deep integration into windows, possibly providing the holes to be exploited. If microsoft is going in this direction the applications core and windows integration need to be rock solid.[quote]Microsoft also plans to launch a new version of its Internet Explorer Web browser that incorporates more stringent security features.[/quote]I can see the alerts already...[b]"MSIE - Anti-SpywareInternet Explorer has detected that it is not the default web browser because the Web Browsing Service has been hijacked.would you like to make internet explorer your default web browser, and remove the hijacker?[/b](yes/no/details buttons)Details:Connection origin : local initiatedProtocol : TCPLocal Address : Port : xxxx Remote Name : Address : Port : 80 (HTTP - World Wide Web)Ethernet packet details:Ethernet II (Packet Length: 76) Destination: xx-xx-xx-xx-xx-xx Source: xx-xx-xx-xx-xx-xx[ font=Really Really Really small ]FilesMozilla Firefoxfirefox.exeFile Version : Description : FirefoxFile Path : C:Program FilesMozilla Firefoxfirefox.exe[ /font ][b]"[/b]I hope it isn't allowed to get to that stage, but MS is a massive corporation. There's no doubt that they'll do it if they can get away with it!
Julio said:
Sounds good... only way to compete with AdAware or Spybot for sure, in the other hand, current beta does not work for pirated Windows installations, so...
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