Here is some background information regarding the 'new' AntiSpyware program from Microsoft.
Until a few weeks ago a company called GIANT was a provider of anti-spyware and internet security programs. But on December 16, 2004 Microsoft announced they had purchased this company and were going to offer GIANT's software under the Microsoft label.
Microsoft stressed again that spyware is a serious and growing problem for PC users. The company wants to deliver effective solutions to protect its users against this threat. The acquisition of GIANT offers Microsoft a near-term relief. Without the need of going through months of hard work they are now able to quickly offer a solid anti-spyware solution to their users.
"Microsoft's investment in GIANT Company means Windows customers will benefit from our anti-spyware technology, which puts the control of software back into the hands of users where it belongs," said Ron Franczyk, co-founder and president of technology at GIANT Company. "The GIANT solution uses extensive spyware-signature databases, real-time security agents and an innovative 'neighborhood watch' for spyware to protect customers from the threat of spyware and other deceptive software."
Microsoft's AntiSpyware program can be downloaded from this page. Recently Microsoft also said it would start delivering a simple anti-virus program which would be updated on a monthly base.
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Re: Microsoft fights GIANT against spyware crap by Anonymous on Sunday, January 09 2005 @ 01:07:40 CET
"aquirement"? don't you mean "acquisition"?
Reply by Anonymous on Sunday, January 09 2005 @ 01:29:11 CET
This is the most retarded news posting ever..idiot..learn to write.
Re: Microsoft fights GIANT against spyware crap by Anonymous on Sunday, January 09 2005 @ 01:53:54 CET
Sheesh. "Microsoft fights GIANT?" No, MS bought GIANT.
"Until last year"? That makes it sound like this happened a year ago, when it was only a couple of weeks ago. MS just released its Microsoft Antispyware program THIS WEEK. GIANT is also STILL a provider of antispyware and security programs -- they just do it under Microsoft's umbrella now.
"Back then," meaning Dec. 16, 2004? No, it was before that. Gates was talking about the spyware threat as early as July 2004. The December purchasing of GIANT was just the culmination.
"Acquirement"? No, acquisition.
"Near-team relief"? What does that mean? This was a wise purchase and it will serve Microsoft not only now, but in the long term.
"Downloaded Microsoft"? You forgot the "from."
Reply by Anonymous on Sunday, January 09 2005 @ 06:55:40 CET
Good, he fixed it.
Re: Microsoft fights with a GIANT against spyware crap by Anonymous on Sunday, January 09 2005 @ 03:46:21 CET
I have to agree with the others. A badly written article with a false premise and and a bunch of really misleading statements. An editor of a major outlet would fire you for this one, LSDsmurf.
Re: Microsoft fights with a GIANT against spyware crap by Anonymous on Sunday, January 09 2005 @ 04:11:06 CET
Wait a minute, let me get this straight: The company that's famous for the security holes in its software is going to sell me something that is supposed to protect me from the security holes in its software? Where's Alice? OR am i still on the other side of the looking glass?
Reply by Anonymous on Sunday, January 09 2005 @ 06:50:00 CET
This is a common concern, but nevertheless I am optimistic about this, because first, GIANT's solution was/is the best -- better than Spybot and Ad-Aware, and secondly, Microsoft does have security holes but so does every other OS and browser including the Mac and Firefox. They just don't get hit because nobody cares about hitting a miniscule number of people compared to Microsoft's established base. Give them a little credit for making a couple of good purchases -- GIANT and GeCad -- and for not messing up GIANT's software (at least thus far). MS Antispyware is essentially exactly the same product as GIANT Antispyware was before it was bought.
Reply by Anonymous on Sunday, January 09 2005 @ 11:18:11 CET
It concerned me that in the download it used the word "seize" when they meant "cease" Made it look very unprofessional.