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Microsoft Windows AntiSpyware is now……”Windows Defender”

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Over the last few months we have been working hard on creating the next version of the Microsoft anti-spyware technology. Today, we are announcing the new name for this technology… Microsoft Windows Defender. Does this mean a lot is changing?? Well... YES – and all for the better!! As part of our development process, we have been lurking in the newsgroups, listening and talking to customers to hear how we can make this release better.
 
It is going to be a part of VISTA!
The biggest announcement we are making is that Windows Defender will be a part of Vista when it releases. You will be able to run another spyware product instead of Windows Defender if you would like. Although I may shed a small tear, you will be able to disable or turn off Windows Defender and install whichever 3rd party anti-spyware application you would like. The really cool thing is that the Windows Security Center in Vista will be redesigned to detect if an Anti-Spyware application such as Windows Defender is running and operating normally. 
 
New Signature Update Mechanism.
That’s great and all, but what about some technical info about Windows Defender? Well I have something for you folks as well…Instead of writing our own update engine for this technology, we have teamed up with Windows Update to deliver signatures to you through Automatic Updates. This is an excellent way of us utilizing an existing Microsoft technology to deliver spyware signature updates to you –neat!
 
There are many more cool items coming soon which I will blog about later. In the meantime, look for more announcements here and on the antimalware team blog (
http://blogs.technet.com/antimalware).
 
-steve
Comments
  • Defender? I hope it has <a href="http://www.shockwave.com/bin/content/shockwave.jsp?id=defender">hyperspace</a>! Either way, I think the name change is good. "AntiSpyware" is too specific and too negative. And who knows what kind of nasty stuff we'll be defending our computers from in the future.

  • Defender? I hope it has <a href="http://www.shockwave.com/bin/content/shockwave.jsp?id=defender">hyperspace</a>! Either way, I think the name change is good. "AntiSpyware" is too specific and too negative. And who knows what kind of nasty stuff we'll be defending our computers from in the future.

  • I am loving the name change myself, its all about having confidence in your PC and operating system again. Great job!

  • I welcome the name change -- I never thought it sounded "right" when people incorrectly would call it "Microsoft Spyware" or "Norton's Virus" software -- at least one of you has made a sound product renaming! :-)

  • Windows Defender? Sounds like an oxymoron to me!

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  • I am having the following problem when trying to do Windows Defender to work.  
     
    "Application failed to initialize: 0x80010534. It was not made mapiament among the bill names and to identifications of safety"  
     
    You, please, would know to tell me which the problem?  
    I already had the problem of the mistake 1609 and I got to correct and to install him, but now I don't get nor to open him.  
     
    At once I thank,  
     
    My e-mail is rafreis83@hotmail.com

    Rafael

  • I've tried the options of removing the noted information and still have update problems.  Seems someone would put a new update on the web site so the update routine would run correctly, or provide antispy until MS can fix all the software bug.

  • I think that all of these different programs that you offer for all of us to keep our computers running fast and clean of all bugs is just wonderful.

  • windows defender cannot remove the found spy files.It says:error:0x80501001 Please advice> tedvah@msn.com

  • where can download

  • after installing defender under win 2000 r code 0x80010534
    What to do?

  • I also recieve the same error on the defender......what do I do to fix it?
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    # re: Microsoft Windows AntiSpyware is now……”Windows Defender”
    Wednesday, March 29, 2006 4:37 AM by Theodore Vahl
    windows defender cannot remove the found spy files.It says:error:0x80501001 Please advice> tedvah@msn.com

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