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Windows Anti-Spyware

Microsoft's public beta of its anti-spyware tool is now available.

It seems to find stuff on my PC that both Adaware and Spybot S&D have missed...


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Jan. 6th, 2005 05:29 am (UTC)
Does it report the Microsoft "spyware" which Spybot does :-)
Jan. 6th, 2005 05:41 am (UTC)
Good Point
I'll run them both again in a minute and see what happens :D

Spyware does seem to pick up stuff that the other two have missed...
Jan. 6th, 2005 06:09 am (UTC)
Re: Good Point
There is a known bug in Spybot S&D that reports a fixed bug in IE as a possible hole. I'm guessing this is what Alex meant...
Jan. 6th, 2005 06:12 am (UTC)
Re: Good Point
I thought maybe he meant that it would pick up the MS program as Spyware in itself. I didn't know about the bug, so you get the Geek Points on this round :D
Jan. 6th, 2005 06:08 am (UTC)
Is that the known bug in Spybot that regularly picks up a fixed bug in IE?
Jan. 6th, 2005 05:50 am (UTC)
Isn't this a re-badged version of Giant AntiSpyware? I'd heard Microsoft had bought them out. I was contemplating getting a copy of Giant after reading this comparison test posted in this Slashdot article a couple of months ago.
Jan. 6th, 2005 06:08 am (UTC)
It is...
Jan. 6th, 2005 05:50 am (UTC)
It certainly found more than Adaware, and it's even cured the browser from reverting to the MSN homepage everytime I boot, which was driving me nuts. Might risk having this at home too.
Jan. 6th, 2005 12:49 pm (UTC)
On the other hand, it's entirely likely that Adaware and Spybot would both spot things that it missed (Although I recall that Giant had the most complete signature set when MS bought it). I've never found a tool that catches everything. Part of the problem is the grey line between genuinely useful stuff and malware, and who makes that decision...
Jan. 6th, 2005 02:46 pm (UTC)
Pretty much when Microsoft acquired it, Giant had the best anti spyware solution. It picked up all the polymorphic spyware trojans out there which is more than any of its competition. This release is as I've been looking at it, at the engine level almost exactly the same as the original Giant tool. What looks to have been done is the interface has been given a visit by the Microsoft Look and Feel police to bring it into line with the rest. The thing is at the moment it is early days, give it 6 months and see if it still the best..
Jan. 7th, 2005 01:18 am (UTC)
Is there any chance it installs any Microsoft stuff in the process? I was thinking of dowloading this onto my home machine, but am a bit worried, both about the Evil Empire's sticky fingers, and about the fact that it's beta. Would this be a good tool for me, or should i wait?

I already use Ad-aware, Spybot and Norton, and don't have any problems currently, though I regularly pick up spyware with Ad-Aware.
Jan. 9th, 2005 08:41 am (UTC)
*Lots* of false alarms, tho'. You can trigger some with just a text file in a certain folder. Doesn't look too good from early reports - it is waaaayyyy too paranoid & will remove safe bits of Windows.
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