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    Microsoft Windows Antispyware (Beta)

    Has anyone used the Beta version and if so, how did you rate it compared to other software? Thanks.

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    Re: Microsoft Windows Antispyware (Beta)

    I've been using it for months. (They now call it Windows Defender.) Although it's a "Beta" that's mainly because they took over an existing product from someone else and are still in the process of developing and adapting it. It seems to work well. I use it as my regular defence, but scan fairly regularlly with other products too. Since using Windows Defender, it is very rare indeed that the other products' scans come up with anything.

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    Re: Microsoft Windows Antispyware (Beta)

    Many thank's for that. Do you have a link to where I could download Windows Defender?

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    Re: Microsoft Windows Antispyware (Beta)

    Many thanks.

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    Re: Microsoft Windows Antispyware (Beta)

    I use AdAware, Spybot, and Windows Defender in combination, and have had no problems. However, in the 09/14 issue of Windows Secrets newsletter, Brian Livingston describes recently-published results of tests done on antispyware apps by PC World - Spyware Fighters and Computer Shopper: Product Reviews: Labs: Anti-Spyware Software PC World didn't test it, but Computer Shopper ranked Windows Defender dead last, and a review from early in the year at Windows Defender (beta 2) review by PC Magazine is unenthusiastic. Windows Defender has been updated since that review, which was done in February, but the Computer Shopper reviewer doesn't seem to feel it's been improved. I'm starting to think I should abandon my allegiance to freeware in this area and move up to Spysweeper, based on the things I've read, but then, as I said at the beginning, I haven't been troubled by spyware with my current combo, so I have no criticism of any of them.

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    Re: Microsoft Windows Antispyware (Beta)

    Maud, thanks for comments, very much appreciated!

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