Microsoft Announces Availability of New Solutions to Help Protect Customers Against Spyware and Viruses Technologies Will Provide Added Safeguards for Windows Users
REDMOND, Wash. -- Jan. 6, 2005 -- As part of its ongoing efforts to address current and emerging security threats to computer users, Microsoft Corp. today announced two new technology solutions that will provide added protection against spyware and malicious software. Customers now can download the first beta version of Microsoft® Windows® AntiSpyware, a solution that will help protect Windows users from spyware and other potentially unwanted software. In addition, the Microsoft Windows malicious software removal tool, which complements traditional antivirus technologies by removing prevalent viruses and worms from a PC, will be available beginning Jan. 11, 2005. These solutions build on the advanced security technologies and proactive protection features of Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2), which help better safeguard computers from hackers, viruses and other security risks.
"Customers have told us that they need solutions that make it easier to keep computers protected from emerging and ever-changing threats," said Mike Nash, corporate vice president of the Security Business and Technology Unit at Microsoft. "The solutions we're announcing today will offer customers additional resources to help to protect their PCs against spyware and viruses on an ongoing and predictable basis."
More.........Malicious Software Removal Tool Removes Prevalent Viruses and Worms
In January 2004 Microsoft released a series of removal tools, each of which targeted a single virus or worm and some of its variants. Collectively, these tools augmented existing antivirus protections by scanning more than 55 million PCs worldwide for viruses such as Blaster, MyDoom and Download.Ject. The new Microsoft Windows malicious software removal tool consolidates these existing removal tools into a single solution. The tool will be updated on the second Tuesday of each month as part of Microsoft's monthly software security update process to respond to new viruses, worms and variants.
The Microsoft Windows malicious software removal tool will be offered in the following ways:
As a high-priority update through Windows Update and through Auto Update for the more than 112 million Windows XP-based PCs configured to receive priority updates automatically
Through a simple, online interface.
For larger corporate customers, a download through the Microsoft Download Center
Available at no charge, the Microsoft Windows malicious software removal tool is designed to augment traditional antivirus solutions to provide more complete protection against viruses, worms and variants. As with Microsoft's earlier removal tools, the new solution incorporates the knowledge and technology gained through Microsoft's acquisition of GeCAD Software in 2003.