A minor update for Windows Defender Beta 2, Microsoft's anti-spyware and malware application, has been released. Defender is due to be integrated into Windows Vista, the next generation OS from Microsoft due sometime in 2007 (apparently!) The update addresses issues with the user interface, and also modifies the way that the user is alerted about security threats.

"We have added a checkbox option to continually display the system tray icon," a member of Microsoft's Anti-Malware Engineering Team wrote on the company blog. "We have also improved Windows Defender's ability to report more accurate data about potentially unwanted software through SpyNet so that we can help create better definition updates."