Users will get free Windows spyware tool

Bill Gates

SAN FRANCISCO'Microsoft Corp.'s new AntiSpyware tool will be available at no charge to all Windows users, company chairman Bill Gates said last week. 'Spyware has been on the rise and is a very serious problem,' Gates said during his keynote address at the RSA Security Conference. 'All of our Windows licensees should have this capability.'

Gates also announced a new version of Internet Explorer that will include significant security upgrades and an antivirus product.

Microsoft AntiSpyware is a result of the company's acquisition in December of Giant Company Software. The company released the initial beta version last month and is readying a second beta now. 'We have gotten very positive feedback on the beta,' said Amy Roberts, Microsoft's director of security, business and technology. No date has been set for a general release.

Microsoft now is in the process of acquiring Sybari Software Inc. of East Northport, N.Y., which makes Antigen. Microsoft eventually will roll out its own antivirus product based on the Sybari tools.

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William Jackson is a Maryland-based freelance writer.

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