Has anyone tried. . .
by Coryphaeus - 2/2/05 8:12 PM
the new MS AntiSpyware?
by: Coryphaeus February 2, 2005 8:12 PM PST
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Your a Funny Guy!
You remind me of the comedian at law school who said if we all would just live on the streets we wouldnt have to worry about our home getting broken into. Wake up. The day that Linux or any other OS is popular enough for the hackers to go to the trouble, they will come knocking. I cannot beleive there are still people out there who never stop to ask themselves why Bill Gates dose not spend some of his hard earned money to hire some of those wonder minds who develope linux, if its so bullet proof? I guess they just cost too much, or...maybe they are not up to the task. Of course if you neglect to ask the question you never have to come up with a reasonable answer do you.
MS Antispyware doesn't work. If they really want to get rid of spyware, why do they even allow it to be used at their MSN home page or any of the links that are on there like MSNBC or some of the others? Seems to me like Microsoft is talking out of both sides of their mouths. I've been using it and it hasn't caught a thing. Spybot and Adaware are far superior to MS.
yep and no trouble so far, it found spy ware that others had missed
Especially for people who want a machine to automatically look after their machine, it's good. It has the standard XP-style friendly-looking interface and does a great job.... but not 100%.
After a few hours with IE (I usually use Firefox), if I run a full system scan it will often turn up nothing. Then I'll run a full system scan with Adaware and it'll find the little bugs in the IE Cache. So, it's nice, but in my book Adaware still beats it.
Microsofts anti spyware
I've got it and us it every day. I had spybot and another adware program and they said my system was clean. The new anti spyware from Microsoft detected 26 known threats the first time I ran it. When I'm working or surfing the net the second one tries to invade my system I get a warning. It's great.
Have been using the beta for about 4 weeks now and surprise, surprise it actually seems to work.
Have been checking it against spybot and it has done allright. I keep waiting for the system crash though
I like the program and am using it with AdAware Plus And SpyBot. It keeps finding VX2.Transponder, which it removes, only to have it pop back up again.Any thought on how to kill VX2.transponder?
I did. I don't like it. i usually run 2-3 programs to make sure i got rid of all the spyware. Compared to Ad-aware is only slighly worse. If compared to Spy Sweeper...a lot worse. A lot of work needs to be done just to catch up.
It's okay but Webroot Spysweeper is better.
MS AntiSpyware, Ad-Aware, and Spybot Search & Destroy
I have used both Ad-Aware and Spybot Search & Destroy for years. The programs complement each other beautifully, and my preference has been scanning daily with Ad-Aware SE while letting Spybot S&D handle real-time protection. Updated signature files result in a full scan using the appropriate program. Until recently, the average Ad-Aware scan identified a small number of tracking cookies, none particularly worrisome. Every once in awhile, Spybot S&D would detect something that Ad-Aware either failed to recognize, or more likely did not consider a threat.
Although very satisfied with the protection Ad-Aware and Spybot S&D provided, I decided to check out Microsoft Windows AntiSpyware after CNET's preview piqued my curiosity.
In the three weeks the beta version of Microsoft AntiSpyware has been running on my PC, it has performed flawlessly. Of particular significance is the fact that, while my web browsing has been as active and eclectic as usual, Spybot S&D and Ad-Aware SE scans have consistently identified only one or two tracking cookies - if anything - during this time. This surprising result suggests that Microsoft AntiSpyware's real-time agents do a better job than Spybot S&D's, or at the very least complement the latter to the point that my PC has become relatively stealth.
Moreover, Microsoft AntiSpyware has alerted me of legitimate programs attempting to effect changes in the registry and settings that, while not necessarily security risks, are quite a nuisance. Let me illustrate.
A few weeks ago, I signed up for a trial of People PC Online's internet access service in order to evaluate it for an acquaintance. After downloading and installing the software, my home page, the settings of Windows XP's Search Assistant and a few other things were changed. A tool bar and a few other browser helper objects were also added. People PC also took over my Outlook Express. Needless to say, I wasn't thrilled about this!
Recalling that unpleasant experience, I decided to download the People PC software to test how well Microsoft AntiSpyware would protect my computer. It passed the test with flying colors! As soon as the installation program attempted to make changes, an alert window (similar to those of ZoneAlarm) appeared, providing detailed information and giving me the option of allowing or blocking the process in question. Despite its best efforts, the People PC software failed to change a single setting or install one unwanted item.
Wait, there's more! I uninstalled the People PC software and reinstalled it the following day for yet another test. This time, Microsoft AntiSpyware recognized the program as a repeat offender and automatically blocked the spyware behavior without prompting. Alert windows appeared briefly, but merely to let me know the attempts had been blocked. Pretty cool.
Based on my experience so far, I have to recommend Microsoft AntiSpyware - even in its beta release. Its performance has been impressive enough to warrant a recommendation over Spybot S&D and Ad-Aware. However, I get the sense Microsoft AntiSpyware might be better suited to protect against true spyware than to get rid of things like usage tracks and cookies. Thus, both Spybot S&D and Ad-Aware SE will continue to play an important role in my strategy against spyware and adware. As far as I can tell, all three programs complement one another without any conflicts.
Tried it on mine and others. It was a quick fix and provides something else and being free isn't bad. It does the job so far and the users I loaded it on to., like if only because its simple. Keep it simple seems to be a hit, I hope it stays that way. So far, no one has experienced any bad side effects.
MSN Dl'd Beta with upgraded HM acct:Worked great-First few days: oops. The new Toolbar dissappeared, could not access other accounts,v's by the dozen, that TrendIS'04 caught easily, along with the Spam. IT ONLY TOOK 10 DAYS to get my WinPen working again. Have so much garbage and junk now, wonder if it will ever recover. Msft didn't get out their crit. UDs in time.
Just loaded it today (2/8/05). Usd it to do a full scan on my hard drive, etc. and came up clean. However, I previously was running SpywareGuard, Ad-Aware, Spyware Blaster, and Serach and Destroy so I'm not surprised. As a good test, I have removed ALL of those packages from my PC except for MS AntiSpyware and will run another sweep in about 90 days to see what it has found. (Very easy to install).
I had used Adaware, Spybot and others and thought my pc was clean. After MS AntiSpyware cleaned numerous spyware from my system, my pc run faster and soomther. Love it!
Hi, I have had the Antispyware on my system for quite a while now. I installed it when it first came out. It has scanned many many times and never found one thing. It is active in all of the things that you can activate but it never never finds anything. Any ideas? Fred
That is a good thing, isn't it.
That is good that it is not finding anything, that means that it is working.
Keep in mind that unlike some spyware scanners that only pick up spyware after it has infected your computer, MSAntispyware is actively preventing infections from getting into your computer.
I install Microsoft Antispyware, SpyBot and AdAware on every computer. Besides having a good antivirus software and a firewall, this is all you really need.
Yes, I am using this beta for several months now, and I like it. This is something that should in the next version of Windows, as a standard.
I have tryed MS AntiSpyware
MS AntiSpyware is very good!!!!!1
the new MS Antispyware
Yes, I am currently using the MS beta Antispyware and I like it...I am running other prgms like ad-aware, spybot and spysweeper, but as someone pointed out they all do there jobs n slightly different ways..MS antispyware is no no nonsense, fast , has automatic updates..Again I like it and if they ever bring out the finished product I would in line to purchase a subscription....LP
MS Antispyware- The best
Microsoft's (Giant AntiSpyware) works very well. It has replaced Ad-Aware and Spybot-Search and destroy on my personal systems.
I know it effective since I use it in a corporate envirnment with multiple users where it catchs more bugs than A-A or S&D.
It also comes up with flags that you must answer when the system tries to install potentially dangerous Acive-X controls.
I will definatly buy this when the beta version expires.
I will also keep Ad-Aware since it has a nice plug in that permanently disables "msmsgs", the dreaded MS Messenger.
In my opinion, this is Microsoft's best kept little secret. I have been using Microsoft AntiSpyware for about 8 months now. It works like a charm--and all in the background. Other than seeing the little icon on the taskbar, I am not even aware that it is running. Just to make sure it's doing its job, I was periodically running both SpyBot and Spy Sweeper. These programs never found anything that Microsoft AntiSpyware missed. I have now stopped doing the these extra "check-ups."
This is an excellent program--and it's free!
all-in-one secretmaker i find to be an all round stumper,but if you are running Zone Alarm the two are NOT compatable.And when p2p sharing shut it down also.
I got it when it first came out. It runs daily. Never once caught any spyware on my computer. I also run Spybot, and it catches the same one every time which is some change in the Registry (entire line is identical each day).
So either I have no spyware or my programs aren't picking up any.
...how can I get the Spybot?
Lenka, The Spybot Download Site...
....can be found for free at the link below:
Spybot Search & Destroy Spyware Removal Tool
Hope this helps.
I think the GUI is sweet but the perfomance is lacking. The cleanup tools are useful for wiping the IE history etc. - long time overdue imho.
One of my users totally hosed up his workstation with spyware and the MS spyware utility found some things but clearly couldnt take care of the issue. Pop ups were exploding all over and ever time i ran a scan it came up with the same old same old.
After running spysweeper and adaware in that order, problems solved.
I removed the MS util from all the workstations because it just was not getting the job done.
As a network admin, thats not the kind of software I want on my systems.
No hard feelings though.
I use it and it is very good,although i use spybot and ad-aware, too
i've tried this, and it seemed to find some things that ad-aware didn't the first time it ran, since then, it just runs every evening at the time i set it for, and does nothing but slow me down. it's even up-dated itself four times since i installed it, but still doesn't do anything now. personally, i think it's a waste of time.
Nice app but the gcasServ.exe has on a number of occasions gone "not responding". I run W2K Pro and have been unable to determine why this happens,,, to this point. MSAntispy does find things the other well known, highly used apps do not. I use several besides MS, Adaware and S&D and do a periodic search of some folders and spots in the registry manually.
I downloaded the beta first time I saw it offered. Figured since it came from MS that it couldn't be that buggy. I had Adaware installed at the time and the MS software found other stuff installed. Now I have a clean harddrive from spyware.
Now I find that Norton has its own version of spyware software bundled in with the new 2005 virus protection. Now it is dumping software that MS didn't find. I also have found that I have to reinstall a program because a file was deleted by Norton. No biggee, just a pain.