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 Jan 11, 2005 - 01:00 PM - by Michael
* Microsoft entering the Antivirus game

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Eweek reports that Microsoft is getting into the antivirus game in a limited sense:

When the first version of Microsoft Corp.'s new malicious software removal tool is released on Tuesday, it will be pre-programmed to zap 10 of the most virulent worms and viruses, including Blaster, Sasser, MyDoom and Nachi.

As previously reported, the tool will be released as a "critical" download and updated once a month as part of Microsoft's scheduled software patch cycle.

According to a note released to Microsoft MVPs (Most Valuable Professionals), the initial version of the tool, code-named Titan, will be able to detect and delete the Blaster, Sasser, MyDoom, DoomJuice, Zindos, Berweb/Download.Ject, Gailbot and Nachi viruses.
Meanwhile, they're being attacked on speculation that they'll require users to pay for their new anti-spyware product, on the basis that it's something they should have programmed against in the first place.

Last week, the software giant announced it had launched a beta program for the public to test its recently acquired spyware-proofing software. While the company has been coy about whether it will charge for the service at the end of the beta program, Microsoft has not ruled out the prospect.

Yet, a fee could mean that the company is requiring customers to pay to protect their PCs against software defects that Microsoft developers should have caught.

While spyware usually takes advantage of a user's trusting nature to get installed on a PC--something that should not be considered Microsoft's fault--some software surreptitiously installs itself using flaws in the operating system. A user should expect that Microsoft would clean their systems from those hazards for free.
Really? While I would hope Microsoft would patch them, there are other things you can do yourself - a quick google search on safe computing will give some ideas.

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