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    Nice to see the developers forum at Microsoft got Bill Gates attention and he's acted inside a week. I lauded a Anti-spyware/adware package which unlike others didn't specifically target network cookies by default. It sure whacks the spammers in Outlook and Outlook Express with one package and their Popup Blocker was second to none. Tada... http://www.giantcompany.com


    Microsoft's forthcoming beta will scan a PC to locate spyware and other malware threats and enable customers to remove them. The tool will also be configurable to block known spyware from being installed on the computer.


    Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) today announced that it will beef up Windows security after buying Giant Company Software, a developer of anti-spyware and Internet security offerings.

    The Redmond, Washington, firm will use intellectual property and technology from the acquisition to develop tools that will give "near-term relief" to Windows users by enhancing defenses against spyware and other deceptive software.

    This relief will come in the form of a beta version of a spyware protection, detection and removal tool, based on the Giant AntiSpyware product, which will ship "within one month" for users of Windows 2000 and later versions.

    The forthcoming beta will scan a PC to locate spyware and other malware threats, and enable customers to remove them.

    According to Microsoft, the tool will also be configurable to block known spyware and other unwanted software from being installed on the computer.

    "Spyware is an industrywide challenge, and it is encouraging to see Microsoft take strong action to protect Windows users," said Chris Christiansen, vice president of security products and services at analyst IDC.

    "This announcement, and the release of the free beta, will help consumers regain control over their PCs."

    Mike Nash, corporate vice president of Microsoft's Security Business and Technology Unit, added: "Spyware is a serious and growing problem for PC users, and customers have made it clear that they want Microsoft to deliver effective solutions to protect against the threat."

    Financial terms of the acquisition were not announced. Details of the Microsoft solution beyond the planned beta, including product plans, pricing and a timeline for delivery, are not yet available.

    PS ...they have a indy affiliate program

    On December 16, 2004, Microsoft announced its acquisition of GIANT Company Software, Inc., a provider of top-rated anti-spyware and Internet security products. Microsoft will use the acquisition to provide its customers with new tools to help protect them from the threat of spyware and other deceptive software. In addition, key personnel from Giant will be joining Microsoft’s security efforts.

    Microsoft plans to make available a beta version of a spyware protection, detection, and removal tool, based on the Giant AntiSpyware product, within one month for Microsoft customers. The upcoming beta will scan a customer’s PC to locate spyware and other deceptive software threats and enable customers to remove them. The tool will be configurable to block known spyware and other unwanted software from being installed on the computer. It will be available for Windows 2000 and later.

    Details of the Microsoft solution beyond the planned beta, including product plans, pricing, and a timeline for delivery, are not yet available. The anti-spyware technology will complement the enhanced security features available in Windows XP Service Pack 2 to provide a higher level of protection for browsing and other Internet computing.

    More information about Microsoft and its efforts to address computer security, including spyware customer guidance and information on anti-spyware solutions is available at http://www.microsoft.com/spyware.

    Limited functionality for the Spynet Research Center will be available during this transition. Spynet can be reached at http://www.spynet.com Microsoft will continue to provide support for the Spam Inspector, Popup Inspector, and Giant AntiSpyware products.


    I'm sure this won't get me any brownie points with the network Adwhores
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    Would be nice to see their developers just fix their browser.

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    <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Would be nice to see their developers just fix their browser. <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

    Considering that *yet another* vulnerability was announced yesterday, then darned right.

    So.. Microsoft buys this company that no-one's heard of, which will keep producing exactly the same software version for a while. By the time Microsoft actually do anything with the technology, it'll probably be a crippled version that wasn't as good as the old one, and which probably also commits some hideous privacy violation for no apparently good reason.
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    The Giantcompanies version of Ad-Aware is far superior and their spam blocker was PC mags editors choice. At least try the products before knocking them as a great bandaid for Microsofts peuny purchase price. It will wack the BHO's, will stop spam and the Popup blocker doesn't block domain new window links.

    Nightmare on Elm Street for the BHO's and the IAB/DMA spamming freaks.
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    Last Updated: Friday, 17 December, 2004, 10:56 GMT

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    Microsoft sets sights on spyware

    Many have been hit by spyware but do not know how to remove it
    Windows users could soon be paying Microsoft to keep PCs free of spyware.
    Following the takeover of anti-spyware firm Giant, Microsoft said it would soon release a toolkit that strips machines of the irritating programs.

    Although initially free, Microsoft has not ruled out charging people who want to keep this toolkit up to date.

    Surveys show that almost every Windows PC is infested with spyware programs that do everything from bombard users with adverts to steal login data.

    Microsoft said that a beta version of the toolkit to clean up Windows machines should be available within 30 days.

    Cash call

    Designed for PCs running Windows 2000 and XP, the utility will clean out spyware programs, constantly monitor what happens on a PC and will be regularly updated to catch the latest variants.

    Before now many of Microsoft's other security boosting programs, such as the firewall in Windows XP, have been given away free.

    But Mike Nash, vice president in Microsoft's security business unit, said it was still working out pricing and licensing issues. Charging for future versions has not been discounted, he said.

    "We'll come up with a plan and roll that out," he said.

    The plan could turn out to be a lucrative one for Microsoft.

    A recent survey by Earthlink and Webroot found that 90% of PCs are infested with the surreptitious software and that, on average, each one is harbouring 28 separate spyware programs.

    Currently users wanting protection from spyware have turned to free programs such as Spybot and Ad-Aware.

    Spyware comes in many forms and at its most benign exploits lazy browsing habits to install itself and subject users to unwanted adverts.

    Other forms hijack net browser settings to force people to view pages they would otherwise never visit.

    At its most malign, spyware watches everything that people do with their PC and steals login information and other personal data.

    Microsoft's announcement about spyware comes after it bought small New York software firm Giant Company Software.

    Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.
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    $$$Bill Bill Gates finally plans on providing toilet paper to IE users.

    Gordon Mangione, corporate VP of Microsoft's security products, says the company's site has had a page of anti-spam tips and links to other vendors' tools. And it also put some anti-spam software in Windows XP SP2, he says. But Giant's products were further along in maturity than anything Microsoft had available.

    Giant's products use spyware-signature databases, real-time security agents, and a "community" function that helps feed the databases and agents. Customers can opt in to a process in which they send suspected spyware to Giant, which investigates the nature of the code, Mangione says.

    The software alerts the person to questionable code and asks if it should send the code to Giant. Confirmed spyware is added to the spyware-signature database. Updates of the database are automatically distributed to customers daily. Mangione says the planned beta will be a strong weapon in the growing battle against spyware.

    And a battle it is. Once primarily the tool of unscrupulous marketers, spyware is a popular tool in the lock-picking satchel of true criminals. Phishers, criminals who steal personal information and passwords, are using spyware with other cybercrime tools to commit exploits.


    Seems a third party developer/reseller in Clearwater Fla will get a piece of Microsoft's money on this project.
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