An upcoming software release from America Online will add spyware protection to the list of standard features for its broadband and dial-up internet customers.
AOL is to include Spyware Protection with other enhancements with the release of AOL 9.0 Optimized software in coming weeks, which will enable users to scan their computer hard drives for spyware or adware programs and, optionally, remove programs that it finds.
The antispyware features will automatically scan members' hard drives weekly, looking for software programs matching those in a database of spyware and adware applications. AOL members can also scan their computer at any time by clicking on a Spyware Protection icon on their computer desktop.
Schedule features will also allow AOL members to set up daily or weekly scans, or schedule a scan for a specific date and time.
AOL partnered with Aluria Software to develop the new antispyware feature.
Paul Roberts writes for IDG News Service