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Microsoft Anti-Spyware and Anti-Virus Releases May Be Near
Microsoft Anti-Spyware and Anti-Virus Releases May Be Near

According to developers familiar with the project, Microsoft has started informing partners of its "A1" security subscription service. While it's been known that the company was developing some sort of anti-spyware and anti-virus products, Microsoft would not say how the projects were coming along.

Information that has begun appearing on blogs and pro-Windows sites, says an anti-spyware beta will appear as early as in a week's time.

Microsoft said its anti-spyware software is planned to be released, in some manner, as a free product. It is expected that the "A1" bundle will be sold on a subscription basis, a common billing method employed by leading security vendors. By doing so, users can be kept up-to-date on the latest security threats.

Microsoft purchased anti-virus company GeCAD in 2003. Last month, it bought anti-spyware maker Giant Company Software. How these technologies will be incorporated by Microsoft is not known.

Microsoft may repackage some of these technologies. It's expected, in light of Microsoft's security health-validation technology, which it openly discussed last year, that future version of Windows will be equipped with "A1."

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Surely the history of the XP2 fiasco needs to be written, it's an object lesson in mismanagement.

Microsoft buys security companies and that's wrong. Symantec buys them and that's right. It's a funny old world.

This should be a violation of MS antitrust lawsuits. This is yet another potential to put other software companies out of business, by bunlding.

I THINK IT SHOULD STAY FREE AND BUNDLED WITH MS PRODUCTS
SINCE THERE THE MOST INSECURE

auntie spyware...the problem with MS OS and explorer is specifically that it allows spywares and adwares to get installed without intending to or without being warned about them...and these spywares and adwares are built to exploit those holes in the OS...perhaps u should learn to be a bit humble about your knowledge about computers...

http://tinyurl.com/47cus

Tyler Malone, do you have a URL for the beta? Can you post t here?

Spyware is surreptitiously included in some data downloads. It does not necessarily mean the operating system is flawed. If you run a downloaded program it is not the fault of the operating system. This is not a hacker breaking into your computer. The level of ignorance displayed in some of the other comments says a lot about why some people's computers have a lot of spyware and malware.

SOoooo now the makers of the inherently flawed products that have been patched since Windows 3.0 and never really rewritten are now going to sell or let us subscribe to a service of theirs that will attempt to add more patches and band aids instead of really fixing their software by rewriting the basic code and starting over?

Please, give me a break! I would rather pay some other company that attempts these fixes/patches/band aids/etc!

The AntiSpyware product has been available for download for free on their website for a couple of days now.

Microsoft's ineptitude created the problem in the first place. Why not just ask the guy robbing your house to stick around to make sure no one else breaks in? Pleezze!!!

The Beta is ALREADY AVAILABLE

So this company with products which are inherently not secure is going to sell security solutions for... its own products. Hate to sound like a conspiracy theorist, but this just sounds way too convenient.

So maybe THIS is why shares in McAfee and Symantec, the two largest computer security software vendors, fell sharply on Thursday?

Alas every time one door closes another opens. Security firm Secunia is calling the latest Internet Explorer vulnerability "extremely critical." The security bug could result in users' computers being infected with malicious code simply as a result of visiting the wrong Web site.




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