Microsoft denies Claria special treatment

Microsoft denies Claria special treatment

Summary: update Software giant Microsoft has moved to quash claims it gave preferential treatment to adware maker Claria.The beta version of Microsoft AntiSpyware previously recommended users quarantine several products from Claria (previously known as Gator) but security researchers discovered earlier this month that Redmond had changed those classifications.

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update Software giant Microsoft has moved to quash claims it gave preferential treatment to adware maker Claria.

The beta version of Microsoft AntiSpyware previously recommended users quarantine several products from Claria (previously known as Gator) but security researchers discovered earlier this month that Redmond had changed those classifications. Users now receive messages to ignore the products.

The downgrade in threat level merely represented an effort to be "fair and consistent with how Windows AntiSpyware (Beta) handles similar software from other vendors," according to a statement published by Microsoft.

The news comes at a sensitive time as Microsoft is reportedly in acquisition talks with Claria.

While the statement admitted Claria asked Microsoft in January to review AntiSpyware's classification of its products, the former said Redmond determined continued detection was still appropriate, and would give users the choice whether or not to remove Claria software. This was a change from the previous policy in which AntiSpyware recommended users remove Claria products.

"All software is reviewed under the same objective criteria, detection policies, and analysis process," Microsoft claimed. "Absolutely no exceptions were made for Claria."

"Windows AntiSpyware (Beta) continues to notify our users when Claria software is found on a computer, and it offers our users the option to remove the software if they desire.

"We firmly believe that people should have complete control over what runs on their computers," Microsoft added.

Topic: Malware

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  • Despite Microsoft's claims, it has to be admitted that it does seem something of a coincidence that they downgrade Claria threat-wise when they are in takeover talks with them.. Methinks.
    morris-1deed
  • How is this any different from the spyware companys that make spyware removal products that infect the machine with more spyware?
    anonymous
  • nice bull$hit, ms. i was born at night but it wasn't last night.
    anonymous
  • people loved and trusted M$A$, u ****s.
    why did you have to drive an axe on your own feet like this???
    you will never be trusted again.
    anonymous