Windows Spyware in Spotlight
In the first three months after shipping the Windows Defender Beta 2 anti spyware application, Microsoft detected 22 million pieces of adware/spyware programs in Windows machines, resulting in about 14 million removals.
According to statistics released by the Redmond, Wash., company, more than 60 percent of Windows Defender users have opted to remove the ad serving programs when offered a choice.
In a detailed report released Oct. 24 at RSA Conference Europe in Nice, France, Microsoft offered the first glimpse of the extent of the adware/spyware threat on Windows machines, using detection and removal data from Windows Defender and the Windows Live OneCare safety scanner, two freely available tools. Windows Spyware in Spotlight
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