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Jmart 01-06-2005 02:51 PM

Microsoft's new Adware software
 
I am no expert on this stuff but I am willing to try anything. I ran this right after I ran Ad Aware and it seemed to catch more than AA did. I ran it twice in a row and a few of the same Trojan Horses came up. I guess they regenerate themselves pretty quick. Anyone else tried this yet? From cnn.com:

Microsoft offers free security program

Thursday, January 6, 2005 Posted: 11:31 AM EST (1631 GMT)


WASHINGTON (AP) -- Microsoft Corp., whose popular Windows software is a frequent target for Internet viruses, is offering a free security program to remove the most dangerous infections from computers.

The program, with monthly updates, is a step toward plans by Microsoft to sell full-blown antivirus software later this year.

Microsoft said Thursday that consumers can download the new security program from the company's Web site www.microsoft.com and that updated versions will be offered automatically and free each month.

It will be available starting Tuesday.

Also being offered is a free program to remove "spyware," a category of irritating programs that secretly monitor the activities of Internet users and can cause sluggish computer performance or popup ads.

Microsoft said the virus-removal program will not prevent computer infections and was never intended to replace the need for traditional antivirus software, such as flagship products from McAfee Inc. or Symantec Corp.

But a senior Microsoft executive confirmed the company's plans to sell its own antivirus software, which would compete against programs from McAfee, Symantec and others.

Microsoft purchased a Romanian antivirus firm, GeCAD Software Srl., for an undisclosed amount in 2003. Industry rivals expect Microsoft's formal entry into the market as early as the spring.

"We will have a standalone antivirus product that is one of the things you can buy from Microsoft, but we're not announcing anything today," said Rich Kaplan, vice president for Microsoft's security business and technology unit.

The offers of free virus and spyware removal tools were intended to convince consumers that Microsoft is working to improve its software's security, Kaplan said.

Microsoft and other companies occasionally have offered separate programs to disinfect specific viruses. Microsoft promised its new removal tool will target a variety of infections and will be updated each month to recognize new ones.

Microsoft is sensitive to criticism about the susceptibility of its Windows operating system software to computer viruses. It has responded by tightening security for its popular Outlook e-mail software and improving the protective firewall utility for Windows.

But its reputation largely has hinged on consumers' effective use of antivirus products and other security programs outside Microsoft's control.

Microsoft has proceeded more cautiously in recent years as it moves to compete against its one-time partners. European antitrust regulators last year fined the company euro497 million (U.S. $613 million) over charges it abused its software monopoly. Microsoft is operating under restrictions from a U.S. antitrust settlement with the Bush administration until 2007.

Kaplan encouraged consumers to buy updated antivirus software from vendors such as Symantec and McAfee. He also expressed confidence that an industry organization formed to share details between Microsoft and leading antivirus companies about virus outbreaks would survive Microsoft's decision to compete directly against those same businesses.

Antivirus vendors have warned investors about the fallout as Microsoft enters the market. McAfee, for example, said in its most recent annual report that its own products could become "obsolete and unmarketable" if Microsoft were to include antivirus protection in Windows software.

A Symantec executive, Vincent Weafer, said Microsoft's success as an antivirus company at Symantec's expense was not guaranteed. Weafer noted that some leading security companies have decades of specialized experience and skilled researchers.

"This is an area we certainly think we can differentiate ourselves from Microsoft," Weafer said. "We've worked hard over the years to build trust with customers."

Microsoft disclosed last month that it planned to offer software to remove spyware programs that are secretly running on computers. But in a shift from past practice, Microsoft said it may charge consumers for future versions of the new protective technology, which Microsoft acquired by buying a small New York software firm.

Kaplan said the free version of Microsoft's new spyware-removal software will expire July 31 and pricing for future versions is still undecided. Rival anti-spyware tools, such as Lavasoft Inc.'s popular Ad-Aware product, offer similar functions to Microsoft's, and many are free.

AeroSquid 01-06-2005 02:55 PM

I use Firefox and I don't get spyware :)

morphius 01-06-2005 02:56 PM

I would try it, but I do my best to try to not use MS products whenever there is a good alternitive. But at least they are starting to face the problem.

Jmart 01-06-2005 03:06 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by AeroSquid
I use Firefox and I don't get spyware :)

I am starting to get spyware on my Firefox as well. I have no idea what I caught out there but it is some real nasty stuff...

ENDelt260 01-06-2005 03:07 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Jmart
I am starting to get spyware on my Firefox as well. I have no idea what I caught out there but it is some real nasty stuff...

You gotta quit hitting them sicko animal porn sites.

Jmart 01-06-2005 03:12 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ENDelt260
You gotta quit hitting them sicko animal porn sites.

You know how we do it here in DIEGO!!! :)

Swanman 01-06-2005 03:14 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ENDelt260
You gotta quit hitting them sicko animal porn sites.

Then what would the internet be good for?

Cochise 01-06-2005 03:15 PM

i used to have spyware out the ass. then i started using firefox. now I have none.

On the other hand... it will be sad to see them put people like Norton and Symantec out of business and the quality of consumer virus protection go to Raiders like with everything else they get itno.

htismaqe 01-06-2005 03:19 PM

This isn't a Microsoft product.

It's actually spyware/adware removal from Giant Software. Microsoft purchased it lock, stock, and barrel.

Jmart 01-06-2005 03:27 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by htismaqe
This isn't a Microsoft product.

It's actually spyware/adware removal from Giant Software. Microsoft purchased it lock, stock, and barrel.

Wow, you would figure they have the programmers to make their own and make it top-notch...

Boozer 01-06-2005 03:30 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Jmart
Wow, you would figure they have the programmers to make their own and make it top-notch...

ROFL

Iowanian 01-06-2005 03:32 PM

I haven't used the firefox or anything yet...........After you download it, is it pretty simple to make work with your ISP and modem?

Can you have BOTH firefox(his) and IE(her)?

This would all be simpler if Microsoft just put more Effort into making thier product less of a trash magnet and close some vulnerabilities.

ENDelt260 01-06-2005 03:33 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Iowanian
I haven't used the firefox or anything yet...........After you download it, is it pretty simple to make work with your ISP and modem?

Can you have BOTH firefox(his) and IE(her)?

Yes to all.

KCTitus 01-06-2005 03:46 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Cochise
On the other hand... it will be sad to see them put people like Norton and Symantec out of business and the quality of consumer virus protection go to Raiders like with everything else they get itno.

Both Symantec and McAfee products suck...the moment a new virus is created, the software is worthless and requires upgrading. The best thing to happen to the virus software industry would be a proactive software that wouldnt require a definition file upgrade every couple of days.

morphius 01-06-2005 03:59 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by htismaqe
This isn't a Microsoft product.

It's actually spyware/adware removal from Giant Software. Microsoft purchased it lock, stock, and barrel.

Which would make it a MS product going forward, correct?


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