Thursday, 06 January 2005

“Meet Your Computer’s New Bodyguards” is one of the taglines you’ll see when installing the new Microsoft AntiSpyware beta software. Microsoft today launched its public beta of the software, which is available to download from the company’s web siteMsspywareclip.

A lot has been said recently about Microsoft’s acquisition of Giant, a company that makes anti-spyware software used to protect computers from prying eyes and privacy leaches.

After installing it and running it, it’s interesting that its flagging things that AdAware and SpyBot S&D don’t alert on. That’s good. In my case, it didn’t hit on anything I wanted to change or remove (I have a few tools on my computer that it sees as potentially problematic, if someone else had put them there, for example.

The UI is nice and clean, and I like the automatic updates (already working). It’s pretty darn IO intensive, so don’t plan to do any disk-related work while it’s performing a check. By default it schedules a scan to happen at 2am each day (you can change this) and it sets up a real-time protection service that works a lot like an anti-virus program does, watching for known spyware and prompting the user for certain types of system changes as they happen.

I really have only one complaint. If I am running a scan and click on any menu item or button in the user interface to to go to another page, my current scan aborts without warning. This is really very frustrating and will likely cause many people to skip completing a full scan because they’d just killed a scan after 10 minutes and would have to start over again.

Overall, great start and I already like the interface and approach better than the other options out there today. Look out, here comes Microsoft – again. This is one area they’ll have to get right, for sure.

(found via NeoWin) 

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Thursday, 06 January 2005 08:37:40 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
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Thursday, 06 January 2005 09:31:21 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
Did a great job at finding some stuff that Adaware didn't. It's a useful addition to the anti-spyware war. It ***Didn't*** like VNC, which I thought was strange. But you can configure to ignore forever, so it's not a problem.

Thanks for pointing this out.
Monday, 10 January 2005 19:24:33 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
Its really quite slick, I love the interface much better than Adaware or Spybot. Makeing it vary easy for the Avarage user. Perfect for keeping kids computers safe that download anything and everything. Didn't find anything on my pc or laptop. But then again I know if a program sounds too good to be free, it vary well might not be all that free after all. Speeking of free, Anyone know if they are going to charge fee's after its out of Beta?
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