James (Microsoft Forefront) mentioned this great document to our team this week, which offers a perspective on trends for malicious and potentially unwanted software in the first six months of 2006.

For the download go here.

Microsoft Corporation has made a significant investment over the past few years researching and combating malicious and potentially unwanted software, and in developing technology to help customers mitigate the security risk that it creates. As part of this investment, Microsoft created a dedicated antimalware team that is responsible for researching malicious software (or “malware”) and potentially unwanted software. In addition, this team is responsible for the release and maintenance of the Microsoft® Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool (MSRT) and Windows Defender.