Microsoft AntiSpyware beta

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  1. micaman

    micaman Registered Member

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    Do you ever find anything with your Microsoft AntiSpyware beta? It has been 3 months since it found a tracking cookie. As a Microsoft beta tester, I will be contacting Microsoft with your answers (only answers, no user names). I know it's free, and a beta, but really!!! So many people have it, but it never finds anything. Microsoft must have done something to it.

    I would love to take some facts to them, if someone will give me their thoughts on this program. Maybe we can get it to find something again?!
     
  2. Huwge

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    Its never found anything on my machine.
     
  3. Stephanos G.

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    Found last night, don't worry, it looks a very good app.
     
  4. chaos16

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    i uninstalled it coz it never found anything at all and i had it for a few months.
     
  5. Huwge

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    Just ran it again, found nothing. I then ran Adaware which found 8 tracking cookies :doubt:
     
  6. Vikorr

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    Never found anything on my machine, however neither has any other application.
     
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    Found one this morning.
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  8. Don Pelotas

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    Ditching MS-AntiSpyware because it doesn't find any cookies is plain silly, you can easily delete them daily/several times daily with programs like CCleaner (free), Window Washer etc.

    It's strenth is adware/spyware and the fact you don't find any, could of course very well be because you havent got any! :)
     
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    Exactly Don! ;)
    If that were the logic......then I'd be ditching M$AS, SBSD, AAW, EWIDO, et al......because they all find nothing. ;)
     
  10. alien_ufo

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    MSAS has only found 2 keyloggers (in a zip and exe installer) that I store on my computer for testing purposes, they are not installed in my computer at this time. They were SpyAnywhere and Invisible Keylogger. It hasn't really found anything else that I can remember, but like others have said here, neither does any of my other many anti-spyware programs that I have. Except Pest Patrol which is still always finding false positives.
     
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    Didnt say I was ditching it, just reporting the facts from my machine today
     
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    http://www.microsoft.com/athome/security/spyware/software/faq.mspx
     
  13. Don Pelotas

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    Ok, i was speaking in more general terms, the fact is that cookies are best handles by simply deleting them and keeping those you need (like the one for Wilders ;) with the cookie keeper in CCleaner or which ever trackscleaner program you use and use MS Anti for some of the more heavy spyware you might come in contact with. :)
     
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    AFAIK, MS AS doesn't look for tracking cookies. There was "talk" about adding that feature, but so far haven't done so.

    Regards - Charles
     
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    the only thing it found was my p2p bearsharelite i have adaware se,spybot with tea timer on,spywareblaster,i've just added spywareguard because msas was giving me this problem
    everytime i use ejay [a music program which has no spyware] the microsoft antispyware won't work it just flashes up and disappears unless i reinstall it anyone know how to fix this so it does?
    i also found when uninstalling it left 124files behind not very impressive!
     
  16. micaman

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    This is an excellent program and I would not remove it from your machine, even if it never finds anything.

    I started this topic to find more out about this program from this forum. I will be submitting information to Microsoft on ideas to make this program better. I really like the many features included with it and would keep it simply for those tools.

    However, I do think it can be better and will be, when it is finished. All of the imput will help shape the future of this excellent malware & security tool. Thanks to everyone who submitted their thoughts on this program. Hopefully we can get a lot more to respond.

    To clarify the cookie debate. Microsoft AntiSpyware does not flag tracking cookies. The item it flagged on my system in June was listed by M.S. as a threat. Upon researching the item in my database, I discovered it was indeed a tracking cookie and nothing more.

    The other day it found another product when my wife was online. It was the IBIS Toolbar, windows/unvise32qt.exe and it flagged it with a pop-up. It could not clean it, so I did manually. I do agree that just because something is not found, does not mean we should uninstall the program.

    :eek:
     
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    mine often stops things from installing my own stupidity?...so that yes is good!! :eek: :eek:
     
  18. zcv

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    Do you have Quick Time installed?

    http://www.dslreports.com/forum/remark,14328738

    Regards - Charles
     
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    Hey "maddawgz," if we could get EVERYONE to use this feature, the world could be something really great! :D

    Thanks "Charles" for the link! I read all of it and feel I should have known that. o_O I do have QuickTime but have it blocked by my firewall. I will manually remove it when the time comes. I test ISP's and it came with AOL, at some point. Your information was right on! :D



    :)
     
  20. cheater87

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    the beta verison can't find cookies the full one will. and it has found stuff kazaa put on my computer
     
  21. Socio

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    Very true,

    Mine fines nothing as well but if I run Pest Patrol it will find a plethora of cookies trackers, it even missed some key loggers that Pest Patrol did not.

    I think MSAS is a very good program but it is "Beta" so it is not perfect, and it does not hurt having some overlaping protection that covers what it currently does not.
     
  22. ErikAlbert

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    It's a small detail and I know it's still a beta version, but it irritates me :

    MSAS's icon in the system tray has a yellow message with the text :
    "Microsoft AntiSpyware - Active"
    I don't know what other people think, but when I read this message, I think that the MSAS realtime is active and working.

    When I click right on this icon, I can "Disable Real-time Protection" and when I do that, the yellow message says again :
    "Microsoft AntiSpyware - Active"
    Do you think this is good or wrong ?
     
  23. zcv

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    What's even more irritating is after a scan having to get rid of the tray icon (gcasDtServ.exe).

    Regards - Charles
     
  24. ErikAlbert

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    I don't have THAT problem, but you didn't answer my question. :)
     
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    It sounds like you found a bug.. I expect you have reported this?
     
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