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Microsoft to Serve Up Monthly Virus Zapper


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#1 Scarlett

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Posted 09 January 2005 - 10:57 AM

Continuing its recent spate of security moves, Microsoft Corp. on Thursday said it plans to release a virus detection and removal tool on Jan. 11. The antivirus fighter will be updated on the second Tuesday of every month as part of the company's scheduled software patching cycle. By Ryan Naraine January 6, 2005 Meanwhile, exactly three weeks after acquiring anti-spyware startup Giant Company, Redmond released the first public beta as a free Windows download through July 31. Redmond also plans to release a virus detection and removal tool on Jan. 11, which will be updated on the second Tuesday of every month as part of the company's scheduled software patching cycle. As previously reported, the spyware zapper is an exact replica of the Giant Company application acquired late last year. Microsoft has retained all of the key Giant AntiSpyware features, including RealTime Detection, AutoUpdater, Spyware Scan and the widely hailed SpyNet Community network, which provides an early-warning mechanism. Microsoft officials declined to discuss what happens after the beta expires in July, but analysts expect the company to start charging for definition updates once the spyware detection and removal tool goes gold.
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Posted 09 January 2005 - 11:15 PM

I really wonder how effective an anti-virus application that updates only once a month will be, and especially if it comes from MS, which cannot even seem to patch it's security flaws in a timely manner.
Several articles recently have mentioned that the time between a virus appearing, being discovered, and patched by regular AV solutions, is steadily decreasing, not INCREASING, just as the time before a proof of concept is posted and an actual instance is discovered.
Given the increase in viruses over the last few years, having a AV that updates frequently seems to be the only realistic solution.
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