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Microsoft's Security Products Will Block Adware By Default Starting On July 1 177

Posted by timothy
from the why-not-sooner dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Microsoft [Thursday] announced a change to how it handles adware, a form of malware that pushes unwanted advertisements to the user. As of July 1, the company's security products will immediately stop any adware they detect and notify the user, who can then restore the program if they wish. Currently, when any of Microsoft's security products (including Microsoft Security Essentials and Microsoft Forefront) detects a program as adware, it will alert the user and offer them a recommended action. If the user doesn't do anything, the security product will let the program continue to run until the user makes a decision." If adware is malware, why wait until July?
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Microsoft's Security Products Will Block Adware By Default Starting On July 1

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  • Re:adware is malware (Score:4, Informative)

    by ozmanjusri (601766) <aussie_bob@NOsPam.hotmail.com> on Saturday April 05, 2014 @10:37PM (#46673707) Journal

    Of course if you use Microsoft approved advertising methods, and pay Microsoft the relevant fees, you'll get a pass.

    That's exactly what's happening.

    Windows 8 has a built-in advertising layer. Microsoft's not doing this to help customers, they're just eliminating competitors.

    The answer of just how wrong Microsoft is to cram advertisements in its commercial software will differ from person to person, I'm sure. Me, I'm not too bothered, but I can totally relate to anyone who is. From all I can tell, none of the ads are intrusive, and I appreciate that. As for them being in paid software, that doesn't bother me either because of that above fact. However, I am bothered by other aspects.

    The biggest mistake here on Microsoft's behalf is that no one is made aware of these ads until they happen to stumble on them. No one is going to expect ads to be loaded in their paid-for OS, so a notification of that at first boot would be appreciated. Further, no one is given the option to disable them (though I'm sure it'd take little more than an editing of the hosts file). Finally, there's also the fact that these ads haven't decreased the price of the OS, else that'd be a point Microsoft would no doubt flaunt.

    http://hothardware.com/News/Mi... [hothardware.com]

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