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Windows Defender Beta2 Is Now Available For Download


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#1 quietman7

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Posted 14 February 2006 - 08:41 AM

Windows Defender Beta2 is now available for download.
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details...&DisplayLang=en

For more information on Windows Defender (Beta 2) please visit the new website at:
http://www.microsoft.com/antispyware
FAQs: http://www.microsoft.com/athome/security/s.../about/faq.mspx
System Requirements: http://www.microsoft.com/athome/security/s...out/sysreq.mspx
Release Notes: http://www.microsoft.com/athome/security/s...leasenotes.mspx

Notes:
- Windows Defender Beta 2 will automatically uninstall Windows AntiSpyware Beta 1 (if installed in your system)
- Make sure that System Restore is enabled prior installing the beta product

Edit: After install, the definitions must be updated via Windows Update:

Definition Update 1.13.1272.4 for BETA Windows Defender (KB892519)
Download size: 1.6 MB , less than 1 minute
Install this update to revise the definition files used to detect spyware and other potentially unwanted software. Once you have installed this item, it cannot be removed. Details...

Defender also creates a Software Explorer icon in Control Panel that allows you to view & manage Startups, Running Processes, Network Connected Programs and Winsock Service Providers, access tools and settings, view history and perform a scan.

More notes:

* Globalization:
The current beta is in the English language although we will deliver German and Japanese localized versions. All versions can be installed on any locale but the user interface will only be delivered in these three languages for testing purposes.
{It seems to give install Error 1609 on all non english versions.}

* Beta Support Policy:
This is pre-release (beta) software distributed for feedback and testing purposes. Microsoft only provides best effort support through the newsgroups. If Windows Defender (Beta 2) is causing an issue with your system, we recommend removing it by using Add or Remove Programs and even using System Restore if the problem persists.

* Access to Newsgroups:
Although formal support is not offered for this beta, we have provided newsgroups to help get your questions answered.

Edited by quietman7, 14 February 2006 - 11:48 AM.

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Posted 21 February 2006 - 10:32 PM

If you are installing Windows Defender on a Win 2000 Pro system you need GDI+ which is not explained on the Defender page. It just won't install.

Should you experience this:

To resolve this issue, follow these steps: 1. Download the Platform SDK Redistributable: GDI+. To do this, visit the following Microsoft Web site:

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details...3c-be590feaa05a

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details...3c-be590feaa05a

Important When you download the Ggdiplus_dnld.exe file, click Save, and then save the file to the desktop.
2. Double-click the Ggdiplus_dnld.exe file, and then click Yes to agree to the Microsoft Software License Terms.
3. When you are prompted, unzip all the files to the desktop. To do this, click Browse, double-click Desktop, and then click Unzip.
4. Manually copy the Gdiplus.dll file from the desktop to the %systemroot%\System32 folder. To do this, follow these steps: a. Right-click Start, and then click Explore.
b. Click Desktop.
c. Right-click the Gdiplus.dll file, and then click Copy.
d. Click Start, click Run, type %systemroot%\System32, and then click OK.
e. Click Edit, and then click Paste.

5. Then install Windows Defender (Beta 2).

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Posted 22 February 2006 - 01:44 AM

This is pre-release (beta) software distributed for feedback and testing purposes


Members should remember that Beta software is published so that many users can find bugs and provide feedback. It should not be used as a primary source of computer defence, or in any mission-critical situations. Unless a member is no longer a novice user, or is accustomed to BETA releases, it would be best to await for the public release (especially if it is from MS).
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Posted 08 March 2006 - 02:47 PM

hi i have the original defender beta 1 i suppose. do i have to download the beta 2 or will i be able to update the beta 1 to 2 ? anyone ? thanx steve

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Posted 08 March 2006 - 03:13 PM

Windows Defender (Beta 2) is the final name for Microsoft’s anti-spyware solution which was previously called Windows AntiSpyware (Beta 1). You need to use the link provided above to download that version. The install will automatically uninstall MWAS beta 1 and you cannot reinstall unless you kept the setup .exe file.

Word of caution: this is a recent beta version and there have been bug reports. If you are using MWAS beta 1 now and not experiencing any problems, then you might want to hold off on beta 2 for a while

Microsoft is still providing definition updates to beta 1 so you will still be protected.
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