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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
  • Somebody used to answer the problems? Because I did nit get any answer.

  • I keep getting 2 errors 0x80501001 when trying to remove or quaranteen Power reg schedular and 0x80508026 when trying to remove or quaranteen Ezula Web offer.  Does anyone have information on this? All help is appreciated. Many thanks
    Mic

  • I keep getting 2 errors 0x80501001 when trying to remove or quaranteen Power reg schedular and 0x80508026 when trying to remove or quaranteen Ezula Web offer.  Does anyone have information on this? All help is appreciated. Many thanks
    Mic

  • I also get the error 0x80501001 and 0x80508026 each time defender runs it finds hese two errors.  When I try to clean them I get the error that it cant repair the error.  What can i do?

  • PingBack from http://developers.pl/blogs/ghostrider/archive/2005/11/06/1477.aspx

  • This was found in Microsoft under error codes:

    == Error 0x80508026 or 0x80501001 when trying to remove a threat ==
    This error will occur if a threat is detected inside of a container such as
    a ZIP file, RAR archive, etc.

    Hope that helps you answer the question on the error codes I've seen posted here.

  • uh...can I have my antispyware back please!  

  • Microsoft AntiSpyware was a fairly good and useful program. One could see that GIANT did a pretty good job. Never gave me any problems, and I enjoyed using it, even though the worries of knowing it would work only 6 months in the future each time I was forced to upgrade it were a negative thing.

    But this Windows Defender garbage is a fucking piece of shit! First, I saw on the Microsoft website that I will be forced to download some GDI+ crap (without which I did very fine so far). So, I did that. Then, the installation wouldn't work; said I needed Windows Installer 3.1. I went along with the Microsoft fuckers again and I downloaded that shit, too. Then, the installation again crapped out - it said I need an update of WIndows Update. After I finally fixed that problem, too, the installation worked but as soon as it finished, I got this error: "WINDOWS DEFENDER: Application failed to initialize: 0x800106ba. A problem caused Windows Defender Service to stop. etc"

    Again, the Microsoft dipshits prove that they are a bunch of fucking idiots. I'm never going to give their piece of shit software another chance.

    Go with Webroot Spy Sweeper and McAfee AntiSpyware (if you need two - if not, pick any).

  • Why, oh why did you take out the deep browsing footprint removal option?  It was a great tool but more than that it was a great gesture.  It showed the user under the hood, and gave a sense that they were in control of their data.   From a brand and esteem pov it's more than worth putting back.

  • Why, oh why did you take out the deep browsing footprint removal option?  It was a great tool but more than that it was a great gesture.  It showed the user under the hood, and gave a sense that they were in control of their data.   From a brand and esteem pov it's more than worth putting back.

  • Defender, hmm, perhaps more like cowering in the corner. Why is it that this package has to hide away, pop messages in the event viewer and not have a visable interface like e.g. Spybot. Real people like a visual interface to assure tham that all is well, not hat it is taken for granted that all is well, i.e. the latest rake of critical patches. When is Microsoft going to learn that, even though it has the consumer by the you know what's, that they are still a consumer and sooner or later, someone will come along with something and radically change everything. Ah well, have to go back and check my event viewer for news. It's like google news , but with puzzles that have to be solved before you know what is going on

    TTFN

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  • I also am having problems with getting error code ox80501001.

    I have been trying to find a fix..  

  • I also having problems with this service: error
    # 0x800106ba. I did restart my computer and nothing. Searched "Help and Support" on how to start a service manually and nothing.  What happen? What do I do?  Mario Vidal

  • Microsoft Windows AntiSpyware is now……”Windows Defender” .. is it really? Then why are there downgrades. I mean, if I am behind a proxy server which need authentication, then I am unable to update windows defender definitions while in microsoft antispyware there was no such problems. So, is it intensionally removed to make users face problems updating and make the threads about it big in the forums ??

  • I get a message saying Windows Defender application failed to initialize 0x800106ba. How do I handle this?

    elash0131@wowway.com

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