Microsoft's AntiSpyware blocks Dutch web firm

By Derek Sooman on February 23, 2005, 10:16 AM
Dutch web company Ilse Media was none too pleased when it discovered that Microsoft's AntiSpyware software blocked one of Ilse's portals. The software, which is in beta at this time and which can monitor a Windows PC and warns when unwanted software is installed, blocked Ilse Media's Startpagina, one of the most popular directory pages in the Netherlands. Any internet users who had set Startpagina ("Startpage") as their home page found themselves instead headed for MSN.com.

Ilse wasn't amused: the company is a fierce competitor of MSN on the Dutch market. Although only a dozen internet users must have used Microsoft's software, Ilse threatened Microsoft with legal action. Microsoft told Dutch news site Planet Multimedia today it will pay Ilse 10.000 to compensate for legal costs, despite the fact that the bug has already been fixed in the new version of Windows AntiSpyware, which was released last week.

This does beg the question, of course, as to what else is blocked by the new Microsoft software, and what other legal battles are on the way.




User Comments: 3

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Spike said:
like I said before."MS anti-spyware and IE have detected a hijack. IE is not the default browser.Would you like to remove the hijacker - Firefox.exe"Corporations as big as MS will do anything they can get away with.
phantasm66 said:
Well, on one hand, the blocking of the portal could have been an honest mistake.On the other hand... well, hmmm.... ;)[Edited by Phantasm66 on 2005-02-23 12:30:12]
Electrick Gypsy said:
As with everything else that the giant Microsoft releases.Beta or not . . it's always full of bugs.Some of them obviously intentional as far as I'm concerned.
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