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Microsoft to protect us from Microsoft

Microsoft has given us all an operating system that gets attacked on a regular basis from Spyware, viruses and more. Now they have decided to give us tools to fight and/or remove these problems. Today they made available a free anti-spyware tool. Of course, the only way to get it is to use their security plagued browser, Internet Explorer, because it requires an ActiveX control to verify you have a legitimate copy of Windows. I tried to download using Firefox and it did download a utility. When run the utility claimed I wasn’t legal. So I tried again with IE and my Windows had magically become legal.

I downloaded the software and it installed without any problems. When it first came up, it asked several questions about whether I wanted it to update itself, run in the background and joining their “Spynet” community. When done, I ran a quick scan to see what it would find. I didn’t expect it would find much, if anything, as I regularly run both Spybot Search & Destroy and AdAware. Three potential threats were found and each was rated for its severity. I could choose various actions for each and a recommendation was made so I didn’t have to choose blindly. If Microsoft were to secure their browser, a tool like this wouldn’t be as necessary. But since IE is so unsafe, it is good to have a worthy tool available for free from Microsoft.

About Foster D. Coburn III

Foster D. Coburn III is the author of thirteen books on CorelDRAW, the latest being CorelDRAW X6 Unleashed. He has been a contributor to numerous magazines. Foster has taken many projects, including this Web site and many more, from the early design stage through to a finished piece. He has been a featured speaker at many graphics and Web conferences.

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  1. Hi. I went to the Microsoft site and had no problem downloading the “Genuine Windows” checker or the anti-spyware program using Firefox 1.0. Running the checker gave me a validation code! Maybe it’s because I have Java installed on my machine.

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