Microsoft Windows AntiSpyware (Beta)

When I first heard that Microsoft had released its very own spyware removal utility, I had my doubts, to say the least. I didn’t download it for quite some time just because I didn’t see the need. What does this software have that the others don’t? Of course, it’s always good to judge things after you’ve tried them, so I went ahead and downloaded Microsoft Windows AntiSpyware (Beta) today, and was completely blown away. Move over Spybot S&D and Ad-Aware – there’s a new kid in town.

You can’t help but notice the attractive looking interface that the program greets you with, and the real surprise comes when you realize that it has the functionality to back up the good looks. Simply put, this is a fantastic program. All of your normal spyware scanning features are here (quick scan, full scan, specific directory scan, etc.), but the way everything is put together makes it intuitive to use and easy for beginners to understand. Before you even get infected, be sure to activate the real-time spyware protection functions that ship with the program. I’m happy to report that this gem is permanently sitting in my system tray, and happens to be purring along quite nicely. Thanks for purchasing the company that originally made this software, Microsoft. Now listen to me closely: keep it free, or I’m going to smack you in the face with a grouper. Scratch that… several groupers.

[6.23M] [WinXP/2k/Server 2003] [FREE]