Microsoft Refreshes AntiSpyware Beta

Microsoft has quietly released a refreshed build of its AntiSpyware software. Build 613 provides better documentation about unwanted software, fixes bugs that make it difficult to read alert messages and reduces the likelihood that its Winsock LSP removal mechanism will trigger unintended network disruptions.

Microsoft's AntiSpyware is based on technology the Redmond company acquired from GIANT. The acquisition is part of an ongoing effort to secure the Windows operating system in the aftermath of many high profile exploits.

Microsoft bolstered its security arsenal this week by closing the purchase of Sybari Software. Sybari is known for its enterprise messaging antivirus solutions, including Antigen, and its software will be offered to Microsoft customers.

Earlier this week invitations were sent to testers to evaluate a preliminary mock up of Windows OneCare, a comprehensive security package that keeps Windows up-to-date, runs PC maintenance tasks, scans for malware and backs up system files.

Windows AntiSpyware Build 613 is available for download from FileForum.

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