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Microsoft's Anti Spyware tool vs the Best

With so much going on in the malicious codes arena and with so many type of attacks and variants one tries to have the best levels of protection and security against these threats.

After installing and testing the Microsoft Anti Spyware (beta) that was released I must admit that Microsoft's stance in trying to assist with the Spyware issues has been somewhat of a success. After all, they wrote the app to run on their OS to stop the issues from affecting their applications and settings which has been a major plague for Windows users. The know the strenghts and weaknesses of there OSsand applications.

How do you guys find the Anti Spyware tools performance vs the ones already a standard on the market Like SpyBot, Spysweeper,Pest Patrol and Ad-Aware.

I have setup a test environment with systems configured with Win2k and WinXP and each system runs a different Anti Spyware tool. How do they fan out at the end of the day?

Results vary, but who does a better job of blocking and cleaning up the mess already created.

Have you tested it out yet?
What are your thoughts?

If you haven't, I suggest you do.

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Good results, but slows down the opening of Excel and Word files

by gcartwr1 In reply to Microsoft's Anti Spyware ...

I have been running the beta for a coule of weeks. Like others have said already, it is not a total replacement for Spybot, Adaware, etc, (each seems to have it's place). I also find no interference with Norton's AV or CA's E-Trust AV software. My concern is that when I have the real-time Security Agents feature enabled, it noticeably slows down the opening of Word and Excel files.

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Which version?

by TITSSNI In reply to Good results, but slows d ...

I'm testing it on Office 2k, XP and 2003 and I have seen no degrading in the applications peformance.

Please advise. It may be something else.

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The Best definitions update so far

by TITSSNI In reply to Microsoft's Anti Spyware ...

MS AntiSpyware tool has the best definitions update than any other on the market. There is an update almost everyday and the application gets the update automatically. This is the best use of the automatic update feature i've seen for any MS application to date.

I had one box with 4 different Anti Spyware tools on it testing to see who misses what and who catches the most. After installing the MS AntiSpyware tool the results of malicious codes found by other clients significantly dropped. And so I started removing them one by one till now I only run the MS Antispyware tool on that box.

Keep in mind that they wrote and architectured the OS and knows the holes and vulnerabilities they have. This is there good grace solution for the headaches and security issues out there in the world, they'd better make it good and hopes to **** it works as it should.

Will it be free when it hits final?

Who knows, it's MS :-)

The Suite.

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New Version sports better scan engine and updates

by TITSSNI In reply to Microsoft's Anti Spyware ...

How are you guys seeings the new updated version and scan engine working with your present threats. I have noticed some changes in the new version.

How about you guys seeing this?

Some feedback would be nice.

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