Microsoft adds anti-spyware to OneCare security

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Microsoft adds anti-spyware to OneCare security

Microsoft has updated a preview version of its OneCare security services product, adding anti-spyware technology and bug fixes to the release.

OneCare, which has aroused the ire of a number of security companies, as Microsoft moves into their patch, marks Microsoft's long-anticipated entry into the consumer anti-virus market. It combines anti-virus, anti-spyware and firewall software with back-up features and a number of tools for Windows PCs. It will be sold both online and in stores from June.

The latest version, which is already out on beta test, adds anti-spyware functionality from Windows Defender to the OneCare service. Windows Defender is the new name given to Microsoft’s anti-spyware software.

Details on a Microsoft corporate blog have revealed that OneCare managers believe the usability and ease of management of the anti-spyware element could be improved. They also believe Microsoft’s entry to the anti-virus world will make it a tempting target for malware writers intent on breaking the company’s security.

There’s no doubt that by launching itself into the anti-virus and security services world Microsoft is setting itself up for a fall, as malware writers gear up to attack its offerings. The company has gained some plaudits for its more open approach to security. It had better ensure that approach is complemented by security rigour in the products.

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