Wednesday, January 05, 2005

Microsoft to get into the anti-spyware game

According to this article on, Microsoft is beta testing their anti-spyware product based on software from Giant, a small spyware company that they purchased in December. says that the public release of the software will occur sometime in January.

I went looking for a little more information on this regarding pricing and came across this article in Microsoft Watch.  Apparently the spyware program will be paired with an anti-virus program from GeCAD that Microsoft purchased in summer of 2003.  The spyware and anti-virus product will be sold as a subscription product, but may be bundled into into future Microsoft releases; the code-name for the subscription service is "A1."

I think I'll stick with Spybot Search and Destroy and AdAware, both of which still remain free.  I think it's important to note, as I have before, that you need to use both of these programs with each other to effectively clean out everything.  In fact, I know people with commercial spyware software that they paid for that still use Spybot S&D and AdAware because their commercial software doesn't catch everything; I wonder if users will find the same kind of experience with the Microsoft subscription product.


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