The new tool, code-named Titan, is based on technology from the GeCAD acquisition and will be a regular download through Windows Update and Automatic Updates. It will be a static threat remover, not a real-time protector against threats infecting the system. For this reason, its anything but a threat to anti-virus products, and pretty low in the pecking order of security tools. You only need a removal tool if all of your other systems have failed, and most anti-virus products will have a capability to remove most of these same threats. The new MS AntiSpyware product is another matter. The market for anti-spyware software is still small enough, and the problem (as conventional wisdom would have it) so big that Microsoft actually released a product. The initial quickie reviews are generally positive (more from me tomorrow).Exactly how big the spyware/adware problem is is a debatable subject. Some products find huge numbers of threats on systems, but most of them are cookies, all of which are taken to be evil by some people. The Microsoft product doesnt appear to complain about cookies. But nobody would be happier at a turnaround in the spyware situation than Microsofts Windows OEMs, who must seethe at all of the money they spend on support for users who mess up their computers with spyware. This is a group that Microsoft must keep happy. Security Center Editor Larry Seltzer has worked in and written about the computer industry since 1983. Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest security news, reviews and analysis. And for insights on security coverage around the Web, take a look at eWEEK.com Security Center Editor Larry Seltzers Weblog.
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