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Security software sold by Microsoft

by Nikola Strahija on December 18th, 2004 Microsoft disclosed plans to offer frustrated users of its Windows software new tools within 30 days to remove spyware programs secretly running on computers. But it might cost extra in months to come.


In a shift from past practice, the world's largest software manufacturer said it may charge consumers for future versions of the new protective technology, which Microsoft acquired by buying a small New York software firm.

Terms of the sale of Giant Company Software Inc. weren't disclosed.
Microsoft, whose Windows operating systems have often been criticized for lax security, traditionally has given consumers, at no charge, separate programs to improve security. It also has increasingly built other protective tools, such as firewall software, into Windows to repel hackers.

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 the computer against new spyware threats. Microsoft's tool, expected to be available within 30 days, will initially be free but the company isn't ruling out charging for future versions.

Some experts blame Microsoft for Windows vulnerabilities that help spread spyware. Microsoft and some others, meanwhile, said blame should be directed instead at spyware manufacturers.


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