Virus Bulletin 2006

A contingent from our antimalware team attended the Virus Bulletin conference in Montreal, Canada two weeks ago- 12 of us in all.  Matt Braverman and I were both presenters and I also moderated a panel discussing progress made by the Anti-Spyware Coalition.  My paper entitled “I Know What You Did Last Logon” was a look…

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Security Intelligence Report

This week at RSA Europe in Nice, France we released a report detailing the security landscape for the first half of 2006. The report lays out details collected through our various antimalware technologies. The report highlights a number of trends such as a reduction in the number of rootkits and trojans detected by the Malicious Software…

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Final release of Windows Defender (Build 1592)

It brings me great pleasure to announce the final availability of Windows Defender in English. The team has been working hard for over a year and fixed over 400 bugs in the areas of stability and reliability since Windows Defender (Beta 2). We plan to release localized versions in the next few months including but…

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Testing A New Definition Update Publishing Process for Windows Defender

Hi Folks, Adam here from the antimalware team. I wanted to give you a heads-up that we will be testing a new definition update process in the next two weeks. Definition updates for Windows Defender (Windows Vista and current platforms) will be publishing daily (Monday-Friday) starting from August 1st and will continue for 2 weeks…

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Antimalware Team Releases MSRT White Paper

Hello there. I’m writing to you from the Microsoft TechEd conference in Boston. This event attracts over 10,000 attendees interested in learning about current and future Microsoft products. It’s also a great place for getting feedback from our customers and we’ll share some of that feedback next week. Yesterday, the Microsoft Antimalware team released a…

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Attending AusCERT

Hi, Ziv Mador here from the antimalware team at Microsoft. Last week I attended the AusCERT conference in Gold Coast, Australia. The conference was organized by the Australian Computer Emergency Response Team, AusCERT. We have worked with this team for a long time to maximize the detection of threats that exist in Australia. Some of…

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Windows Live OneCare Receives a Virus Bulletin 100% Award !

As many of you know already, Windows Live OneCare is now available at retail stores across the country and from http://onecare.live.com. As the provider of antimalware technology to Windows Live OneCare, our team is extremely excited to have this fantastic product available to our customers and look forward to any feedback. In addition to the…

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Windows Defender for German Speaking Markets is Available !

Adam Overton here – Group Program Manager for the Antimalware team. Today, we shipped Windows Defender (Beta 2) for German speaking markets including Germany and Switzerland. We’re also close to launching our Japanese version for additional coverage in Asia so be on the lookout for that announcement. Windows Defender has been available in the English speaking…

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Windows Live OneCare is Certified !

We’re certified ! This morning, Microsoft issued a press release describing how Windows Live OneCare has acquired multiple certifications for antivirus and firewall from ICSA Labs and West Coast Labs, two of the top labs for antimalware product testing. Windows Live OneCare utilizes the antimalware technology produced by our team and we are extremely proud to…

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Antispyware Coalition Meeting in Ottawa

Eric and I attended the Antispyware Coalition Meeting and Workshop last week. It was a good opportunity to meet with many of our peers in the industry as well as a very pleasant trip overall. Ottawa, where the event was held, is a great city and in addition to everything else the trip afforded us the opportunity to…

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