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Microsoft's strategy for addressing spyware

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#1 Daisuke


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Posted 26 December 2004 - 04:35 AM

Microsoft's vision for anti-spyware is that customers should be empowered to make informed decisions about the software that installs and runs on their computers. Microsoft will take steps toward this vision by making it easier for customers to gain insight into what's running on the system, to better discern good software from bad software, and to block and remove spyware from a PC. To accomplish this, Microsoft is taking specific approaches in the following areas:

Microsoft will provide solutions to protect Windows users with technology to block, find, and remove spyware and other potentially unwanted software.

Consumer Guidance & Engagement
Microsoft will provide resources to help inform and educate customers on how to prevent spyware and other potentially unwanted software from impacting their PCs.

Industry Collaboration
Microsoft will collaborate with industry leaders to identify and address spyware.

Legislation & Law Enforcement
Microsoft will work to help discourage the development and distribution of spyware and other unwanted software.

Spyware Solutions: Technology and Leadership

Edited by cryo, 26 December 2004 - 04:36 AM.

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Posted 26 December 2004 - 10:49 AM

Its about time!

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Posted 26 December 2004 - 04:10 PM

I was looking for:

Microsoft will issue timely patches to security vulnerabilities.

I would be more concerned with trojans and viruses than some spyware, but I guess it is a matter of what is seen as a priority. MS's security responses, such as they are, do not leave me with a warm and happy feeling about its antispyware solutions.

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Posted 27 December 2004 - 10:12 PM

MS thinks they can fix this by buying a company who writes anti-spyware programs?? :thumbsup:
When will they wake up and realize that doing away with Active-X and unhooking the web browser from the operating system is the only solution.
I'm sorry but being a Linux user I can't imagine any program let alone a browser having access to critical system files. There's a root user and roots files are protected for a reason.
Screw up my /home directory...fine...delete that user and all files and make a new one,restore from a known good backup and i've lost hmmm 20-30 minutes and don't even have to reboot my machine.

Microsoft will work to help discourage the development and distribution of spyware and other unwanted software.

It's Microsoft's work that encourages and allows this behavior in the first place.


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