Windows Defender Hits Beta

By Deane Barker on February 15, 2006

Windows Defender home: This been a long road. Microsoft bought Giant Antispyware, then engaged in some semi-sleazy tactics to get someone to give up the name “Windows Defender.” And here it is, finally.

Windows Defender (Beta 2) is a free program that helps protect your computer against pop-ups, slow performance, and security threats caused by spyware and other unwanted software. It features Real-Time Protection, a monitoring system that recommends actions against spyware when it’s detected, and a new streamlined interface that minimizes interruptions and helps you stay productive.

It’s a good product, actually. I use it on a lot of machines, and it’s one of my first tools to fix a crapped-up install.

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  1. Considering MS had to buy a piece of software that plugs the holes in their own OS this is a pretty good product. I’m currently knee deep in scrubbing my brother-in-law’s PC and this was one of the first things I thought of. Problem is it requires you to authenticate your copy of Windows before you can even download it. Since I couldn’t stay online for two seconds without going through hell I had no way to download it (All OS X in my house). Once I ran SpyBot S&D and a couple of others I scrubbed the registry and the windows directory manually and then I could get online to get it. Once I ran it, it did find numerous things that Spybot and Adaware didn’t. This needs to come pre-installed on all Windows PCs.

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