Microsoft has announced they’ll be making a tool available within the next month to scan for and remove spyware from your PC.
The company’s upcoming tool, available for its Windows XP and Windows 2000 software, will sweep for spyware and offer to remove suspicious programs. It also will continuously protect a computer against new spyware threats, said Mike Nash, vice president of Microsoft’s security business unit. Rival anti-spyware tools, such as Lavasoft Inc.‘s popular “Ad-Aware” product, offer similar functions and many are free.
Microsoft’s tool, expected to be available within 30 days, initially will be free but the company isn’t ruling out charging for future versions. “We’re going to be working through the issue of pricing and licensing,” Nash said. “We’ll come up with a plan and roll that out.”
Seems Microsoft recently gobbled up Giant Company Software Inc., a small company that produces GIANT AntiSpyware along with other similar tools, so they won’t have to reinvent the wheel. I’ve never heard of the company or their products previously so I have no idea how effective they are, but we’ll find out pretty soon. This is a good PR move for Microsoft if nothing else, but it does place them in the somewhat controversial position of judging what is and isn’t spyware which can get a bit prickly at times.