Worried about spyware and malware sitting on your computer? Microsoft to the rescue! (okay, I had to play that line, but you’ll never hear it again. I mean, Microsoft to the rescue? How often does that happen?)
The program formerly known as Microsoft Anti-Spyware has now been renamed and re-released as Windows Defender Beta 2, now available for download from Microsoft:
Toss this in your anti-spyware toolkit. Microsoft boasts a redesigned interface, better real-time protection, simpler spyware alerts, and automatic cleaning of certain threats. It’s definitely worth a download, especially if you haven’t used it before. I don’t think it really replaces Lavasoft’s Ad-Aware or Spybot: Search and Destroy yet, but it’s definitely an effective addition to your spyware cleaning tools.