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Microsoft Windows Anti-Spyware (beta) Software Review

Microsoft Windows Anti-Spyware (beta) Software Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: A recipe for making software that gets rid of the Spyware infesting the Operating System that draws in Spyware like a moth to a candle.
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External Mfg. Website: Microsoft Jan 13 2005   Mike Dowler  
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Introducing SPYNET

SPYNET, not to be confused with the 'SkyNet' of the Terminator movies (or at least we hope not) seems to be a database of results shared by all Internet-capable systems running Microsoft's anti-spyware beta. During initial setup, you are asked whether you wish to submit scanning results to SpyNet.

If you answer yes, your detected spyware/adware/malware file information is sent to the spyware servers in the course of scanning. More importantly, potential threats identified by the Microsoft antispyware real-time protection agents are also transmitted to the SpyNet servers, allowing the quick dissemination of information about new spyware/adware/malware threats.

Here's a quote from the Microsoft help manual for the antispyware beta that defines SpyNet:

"The SpyNet AntiSpyware Community lets Microsoft AntiSpyware users quickly share and identify unknown applications and signatures. When you use Microsoft AntiSpyware, it may identify a file that may be spyware or other potentially unwanted software, and then ask you to decide whether you want to report the file, as well as your decision to ignore, remove or disable the file, to the SpyNet AntiSpyware Community. If you choose to do so, a report will be sent to Microsoft."

It's not clear whether SpyNet is self-maintaining, meaning that any system belonging to the community updates itself against new threats as they are revealed by other members, or whether Microsoft will use SpyNet information to design new definition files for the scanner. The SpyNet description in the software itself seems to indicate that the former is true, but this would seem to present some logistical problems with false threats, etc. We'll have to keep an eye out for more info on this topic.

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Contents of Article: Microsoft Anti-Spyware
 Pg 1.  Microsoft Windows Anti-Spyware (beta) Software Review
 Pg 2.  Scanning Options
 Pg 3.  System Explorers
 Pg 4.  — Introducing SPYNET
 Pg 5.  AntiSpyware-ing Interface
 Pg 6.  System Load During Scanning
 Pg 7.  Testing for Spyware
 Pg 8.  Ever So Lightly Infected: The AMD Office PC
 Pg 9.  Clean as a Whistle? The AMD Gaming System
 Pg 10.  Final Impressions and Recommendations

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