Steve Dodson's WebLog

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Steve Dodson's WebLog

  • Microsoft Windows AntiSpyware is now……”Windows Defender”

    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.....
  • AntiSpyware and OneCare Live

    Today when I came in to the office, I was made aware of an issue which stated that a Microsoft Representative was quoted as saying Windows AntiSpyware would no longer be available for free. The statement quoted in many forums is not true. ...
  • Command Line Options for Microsoft AntiSpyware (beta 1)

    It has been a busy few months on the Anti-Spyware team, and I have learned a lot about the product while supporting millions of users in a newsgroup format. Here is a cool feature I ran into the other day…executing antispyware with switches through the...
  • AntiSpyware (beta) Build 613 Released Today

    Just a few minutes ago, we released the latest build of Windows Antispyware to the public. This build will resolve issues which will make using this product better for users. Starting today, users will start to see the automatic update mechanism fire...
  • "Tracking" Cookies in Anti-Spyware Applications

    As a user of many anti-spyware applications over the years, one item has always bothered me when removed by antispyware applications. That item is "tracking" cookies. Many people in the industry know what cookies are, and how they can be used, but I do...
  • Microsoft Malware Removal Starter Kit

    Yesterday evening, the antimalware team shipped a new tool which should be helpful to small and medium sized orgs. This guide is designed for IT professionals (who may be wearing many hats) in the small business setting. The kit provides recommendations...
  • Deploying Defender Definitions with WSUS

    One of the cool things about Windows Defender is that we still give system administrators the ability to deploy definition updates by using WSUS. I have just written a KB article on setting up the WSUS server to download and deploy Defender definitions...
  • I'm back?

    We all go out into the blogosphere with the intent to have tons of time to work, play, and write blogs. It appears that the last of these has been awfully neglected over the past few years (sorry). I think I'll have some things to talk about here and...
  • AntiSpyware (Beta) Build 615 Releasing This Evening

    It has been a few weeks since the last update, and the A/S team needed some work to do so we decided that we should release build 615 to the web. Actually, we wanted to correct an issue found with the signature update mechanism and we wanted to get an...
  • anti-malware engineering team blog released today

    If you read my blog off and on (more off recently), you may be interested in the team blog located at the following location: http://blogs.technet.com/antimalware Jason Garms has posted the first intro to this blog http://blogs.technet.com/antimalware...
  • From the End to Edge and Beyond Episode 24

    Come on over and see me talk with Yuri about computer trends in security and how we are looking at solving customer problems. http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/video/from-end-to-edge-and-beyond-episode-24.aspx
  • Microsoft Client Protection Announcement

    Today we are announcing the new product line to help protect business systems against virus, spyware and rootkits. This new product line is called "Microsoft Client Protection." More information can be found at the following links: Q&A With Mike...
  • Claria Detection in AntiSpyware

    Claria has been receiving a lot of news lately, and so I figured I would re-post what is going on over here in regards to this. We put the following statement on our website as well ( http://www.microsoft.com/athome/security/spyware/software/claria_letter...