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    Default Microsoft Antispyware

    Anyone know the fate of MSAS after the program expiry date of 31st December 2005?
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    I get the MS updates, perhaps not the right ones .. the're too many, but from what I've seen, there have been no definitive statements, other than the present version expires at the end of the year.


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    The main question is free or not. I've not seen a definite answer. It is supposed to be incorparated into Windows One Care (antivirus, defragmenter, backup, disk clean up and antispyware in one package). Beta is free, final version ?. Microsoft may provide it free for validated installations of XP. Charlie

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    Here's the problem facing Microsoft. You ask people to spend over $100 for the operating system, then you tell them, "If you want it to be more secure, you'll need to pay another $40 for the antiSpyware program." My answer is- if you know it isn't secure and you have the program that makes it better, why isn't that program included with the original purchase? The money generated from MAS would be small by Microsoft standards, so I expect them to give it away. Then they open themselves up to more anti-trust lawsuits from the smaller software companies that market antispyware software. They will complain that by flooding the market with a free antispyware program, Microsoft is unfairly driving them out of business. Charlie

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    Despite more research can't find out anything.

    Little aside - picked up an update to the defs. this morning. Up to v 5773.
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    hello
    my old computer worked reely good without microsoft antispyware and i have it on my new computer
    i canot see the diferense
    i have akl the stuff recomended by help to go and that works ok like sygate or spywareblastre or winpatrol and so on
    if microsoft do say you pay i think my computer will be ok by not haveing it
    57 days to go
    thank you

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    I think I read somewhere not too long ago that MSAS would be free. But I also could have made that up. :wink: I'll see if I can find something when I get home tonight.

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    Default Re: Microsoft Antispyware

    Quote Originally Posted by Oddjob
    Anyone know the fate of MSAS after the program expiry date of 31st December 2005?
    It is getting a new name...

    "Windows Defender"

    Still in beta, but with a complete makeover...

    Also check out the virus scanner and more .....

    http://blogs.technet.com/antimalware/

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    I was kind of under the impression that MSAS is free untill it graduates out of beta stage.

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    No-one knows what the future holds....

    But for the time being, it will change it's name, remain in the beta stage and remain free

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