by April 12, 2005 0 comments

Microsoft finally decided to come up with its own security software, for its OS, to curb the menace called Spyware. This menace has been successful in popping up annoying ads, slowing down computers, modifying computer configurations and sometimes even invading your privacy by unauthorized access of sensitive information. 

Microsoft AntiSpyware stands apart from other software of the same league such as Ad-Aware and Spybot S&D, as it has real-time protection and has the capability to monitor more than 50 check points, which prevent different Spyware from being installed in the first place.It even displays warning messages for changes that occur on your computer without your knowledge. For infected computers, this nifty software provides comprehensive scan results displaying detected threats and recommends helpful actions. Currently, it works only with Win 2000/XP and Windows Server 2003.

Sadly, it has been discovered that a very hazardous trojan called Troj/BankAsh-A has managed to exploit MS AntiSpyware by preventing the display of warning messages, disabling the protection and also may delete all files in the Programs folder. This should certainly be taken care of before this product is released.
The Bottom Line: Giving it the benefit of doubt for being in its Beta stage, we would say MS AntiSpyware is a very useful program. Also, it would be great to see this software supporting all versions of Windows when it is finally released.

Binesh Kutty

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