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Thursday, February 17, 2005
 
Technical refresh of Microsoft Anti-spyware
Sometime yesterday, Microsoft released a Technical Refresh of their Anti-spyware utility. That refresh can be downloaded from here:
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=321CD7A2-6A57-4C57-A8BD-DBF62EDA9671&displaylang=en

I will be upgrading later today, but from the download link, it would appear that there have been several changes made based on feedback from customers (another reason to send feedback!).

From Microsoft's website:

"Since releasing Windows AntiSpyware (Beta) on January 6, 2005, we have received feedback from customers and have made enhancements to the software based on his feedback. We have enhanced some of the real-time protection agents, added new threat categories, and improved stability and performance. If you are using a previous version you can simply upgrade to the refreshed version. The version number of the refreshed version is 1.0.509. To check the version number, click About Microsoft AntiSpyware… on the Help menu. Participants in the worldwide SpyNet™ community play a key role in determining which suspicious programs are classified as spyware. Microsoft researchers quickly develop methods to counteract these threats, which are automatically downloaded to your PC, so you stay up-to-date."

If you decide to upgrade to this version, please pass on any feedback (good or bad) to the folks at Microsoft. They have set up newsgroups for this as well as answering questions, which are available here:
http://communities.microsoft.com/newsgroups/default.asp?ICP=spyware&sLCID=us
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