Windows Defender announced

Windows Defender announced

Summary: Microsoft bloggers quietly announce the new name for Microsoft AntiSpyware.

TOPICS: Windows

A couple of Microsoft bloggers have quietly announced some big changes today.  Windows AntiSpyware will be no more.  The new name is Windows Defender and it will be integrated into the new operating system Windows Vista.  Jason Garms of the anti-malware team writes:

Every week seems like a big week for us in the engineering team working on our anti-malware technology. However, last week was especially important in a sentimental way. We got the final name for the cool technology our team has been developing for Windows. The name, after long consideration by our product marketing and branding folks, is "Windows Defender"! What's really cool about this name is that it’s more positive than "Windows AntiSpyware". Windows Defender is about what Windows will do for customers, defending them from spyware and other unwanted software. Our solution has really been about more than just the standard definition of "spyware". We’ve always said we will provide visibility and control, as well as protection, detection and removal from other potentially unwanted software, including rootkits, keystroke loggers and more.

Making the engineering change from "Windows AntiSpyware" to "Windows Defender" took a lot of careful coordination across our team to ensure that the strings in the UI got changed, the help files all got updated, registry keys, file names and properties, as well as a couple of images all got changed. All this work was completed and tested last Thursday, and is currently making its way through our build systems in Windows to make it into the main build environment, where official builds come from. We're pretty excited by the name, and by the sleek new UI and other improvements we've been making in it to help make Windows Vista the best operating system around! But Windows Defender is about a lot more than just a name change. The engine is now moved to a system service, and signatures are delivered over Windows Update. The detection mechanisms have also been radically improved by applying to spyware threats all the great detection technology we use in our antivirus engine.

Steve Dodson blogged essentialy the same information. Windows Defender will have a new look and the definition updates will come through Windows Update.  It sounds like Windows Defender will be available in the relatively near future, much sooner than Vista, but no date was given.  I haven't seen anything in the mainstream press about this yet, or heard of an official announcement from Microsoft but I will be following the story. 

Thanks to some fellow MVPs for the links.

Topic: Windows

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  • Everybody Freeze! / Another MS Announcment

    Wow. More marketing 'Glitz' for an as yet to be
    released product.

    Hold off. Stop! Don't make any rash decisions, because by next week, something else will change.

    We wouldn't want to move off of MS products now, would we? Of course not! ;)
    D T Schmitz
  • Everybody Freeze! / Another MS Announcment

    Wow. Another announcment for an as yet to be released product.

    Stop, Don't make any rash decisions, We wouldn't think of moving off of MS would we? Of course not! ;)
    D T Schmitz
  • It was worth repeating

    I sent the message twice, but now that I think about it, it was worth repeating. :)

    Hey. Is anybody reading these blogs besides me?
    Hello? Hey! Hmm. Nobody there.

    D T Schmitz
    • I read it

      My biggest concern is that some of the other anti-spyware people will be pushed out. I like being able to check with multiple tools.
      • Doesn't Bode Well

        It's not a pretty situation.
        MS needs all the tools it can get to bolster its perception of having 'security-issues'.

        And perception IS reality.

        My bias of course is showing, why?, because I made the switch to Linux, SuSE 10.0 and have dispensed with doing those things.

        That was a shameless plug and you can get Novell SuSE Linux 10.0 FOR FREE at

        Check it out.
        D T Schmitz
  • Ah, let the monopoly reign supreme!

    Yes, let's destroy MORE of the software market by bundling more stuff with the OS! The anti-trust folks should be all over this. Meet the new Explorer/Media Player.

    Anyone want to start a list of software using the name "Defender" that M$ will sue into oblivion for stealing their trademark/IP on the word?
    • The list is already started