Microsoft App Aims To Attack Spyware. Vendor plans release of virus- and worm-cleaning tool, as well
By George V. Hulme InformationWeek Jan. 10, 2005 Spyware will be one of the top security threats business-technology professionals face this year. Last week, Microsoft joined a number of vendors jumping into the anti-spyware market with the beta release of its Windows AntiSpyware application. Microsoft estimates that one-third of PC crashes can be attributed to spyware infections, says Amy Carroll, director of Microsoft's security business unit. Dell has placed the number of tech support calls attributed to spyware at around 15%. Spyware and adware have become as much, if not more, of a problem than viruses, says Mark Sidden, IT director at textile provider Unifi Inc. "Most of the antivirus applications are fairly mature. That's not true yet with spyware solutions," he says. "The spyware problem caught security vendors off-guard. It'll be a year or more before the tools are probably ready for large businesses.... ...If Microsoft is to succeed at becoming a trusted provider of security software, the company will have to overcome the perception held by many that it's scrambling to fix a problem created by the security flaws in its own software. "They're sending out a program to fix their own programs," says Glenn Wright, senior telecommunications technologist for the Delaware department of technology and information. Says Wright: "You don't want a bug to fix a bug."
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