On May 30, 2006, Microsoft entered into the security software market with its U.S. release of its fully supported version of its Windows Live OneCare software. The OneCare product includes firewall, anti-virus, back-up and restore utility, as well as Microsoft’s Windows Defender anti-spyware technology. Also included is a tune-up utility which performs routine maintenance tasks such as defragmenting and temp file clean up.
On February 8 and 9, I had the opportunity to participate in the Anti-Spyware Coalition Public Workshop. The event brought together representatives from the software industry and government, including the Federal Trade Commission and the Center for Democracy and Technology. In the past year the FTC has filed suit against several of the worst spyware offenders including Enternet Media, and the CDT recently filed an FTC complaint against 180Solutions for its practices. The Anti-Spyware Coalition has been working to craft clear definitions of acceptable software installation behavior.
As the spyware companies invent new and innovative ways to sneak software onto your PC, we, users, fight back by installing anti spyware software to detect and eradicate the egregious software.
The graph below represents slightly over a million computers tested at PC Pitstop from Feb 2005 through Sep 2005. Each computers Add/Remove software program list is analyzed for the anti spyware software shown below. The red $ signs indicate products that are for sale, and the rest are free downloads.