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.