Last week we reported in our news forum that after the information leak about a possible acquisition deal with Claria, Microsoft's Antispyware application had downgraded Claria's Gator detections and changed the recommended action from 'quarantine' to 'ignore'.

The software giant has denied such claims this week, posting a a statement on its Antispyware website. I wonder if the damage has been done already, but in the worst of the cases, if experience has taught us, you shouldn't be relying on only one spyware detection tool, anyway.

"The analysis of software is based on a single set of objective criteria," the company wrote.

According to the statement, Microsoft allows all companies to request a review of their classification through a dispute process. Claria filed a dispute to revaluate their programs, which Microsoft accepted.