Killing the spies

As part of its efforts to address the growing problem of security threats to computer users, Microsoft has announced two new software packages that will provide added protection against spyware and malicious software.

As part of its ongoing efforts to address the growing problem of security threats to computer users, Microsoft has announced two new software packages that will provide added protection against spyware and malicious software.

First off, Windows customers can now download the first beta version of Microsoft Windows AntiSpyware, a solution that will help protect Windows users from spyware and other potentially unwanted software.

Based on technology, it acquired from GIANT Company Software in December 2004, the beta release of Windows AntiSpyware will help reduce negative effects caused by spyware, including slow PC performance, annoying pop-up ads, unwanted changes to Internet settings and unauthorised use of private information. It is available for Microsoft Windows 2000 and later versions.

In addition, Microsoft says that its Windows malicious software removal tool, which complements traditional antivirus technologies by removing prevalent viruses and worms from a PC, will be available beginning January 11, 2005.

Go to the free AntiSpyware site by clicking <link>here=http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=321CD7A2-6A57-4C57-A8BD-DBF62EDA9671&displaylang=en</link>.

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