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by Mike Zazaian October 24, 2006 - 3:00pm, 1 Comment

Microsoft Releases Windows Defender

Microsoft released Windows Defender on Tuesday, a free anti-spyware program that finally gives Microsoft a serious presence in the PC security market.

The program, which has been in beta testing since January of 2005, protects Windows PCs from spyware, adware, and other potential security threats. In addition to shipping along with Windows Vista in January of 2007, Windows Defender can be downloaded for free on all PCs running Windows XP SP2 and Windows 2003.

Windows security has been a hot topic of late after Microsoft announced that it wouldn’t give security companies such as Symantec and McAfee access to Windows Vista kernel. While Microsoft said that the locked kernel, dubbed Kernel PatchGuard, would make it more difficult for hackers to attack the operating system, security companies said PatchGuard would make Vista more difficult to protect.

Symantec, McAfee and others also accused Microsoft of implementing PatchGuard to give itself exclusive access to the Vista Kernel, allowing Windows Defender to excel as the only viable full-kernel security application for Windows Vista. Citing pressure from security companies and anti-trust warnings from the EU Commission, Microsoft finally acknowledged that it would it give security companies access to the Vista kernel.

Check out the Windows Defender Homepage
Via cnet