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Windows AntiSpyware gets Microsoft makeover

Microsoft has revamped its Windows AntiSpyware application with a new look, extra features, and a brand new name.

Microsoft has revamped its Windows AntiSpyware application with a new look, extra features, and a brand new name.

In contrast to the firm’s Beta 1 version released in January - called AntiSpyware - the new Windows Defender removes hacker programs, keystroke loggers and includes a new ‘Strider’ rootkit protection feature, which detects and removes rootkits. These kits are used by hackers to hijack a PC after an initial attack.

Apart from offering new features, the firm has also revamped the Defender’s interface and altered how service and signature updates are delivered to the anti-spyware app. The signatures that identify malicious software are now distributed through Windows Update, instead of via the app’s unique update tool.

However, Microsoft claims that Windows Defender is still a work-in-progress, which means Vista testers are likely to be the first to gain access to the updated security tool.

“We expect Windows Defender to appear in the next Windows Vista Community Technology Preview release, which should be available by the end of the year," stated a Microsoft representative on News.com.

The firm plans to release the complete version of the security tool as part of its Windows Vista operating system by the end of 2006.

As for Windows XP users, the firm says it plans to release Defender in the form of a Beta 2 update for its current AntiSpyware version.

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