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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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  • adware is malware (Score:5, Insightful)

    by ClaraBow (212734) on Saturday April 05, 2014 @11:31AM (#46669761)
    when it deceives the user into buying shady and often worthless products.
  • Why? (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Spad (470073) <slashdot@NOSpam.spad.co.uk> on Saturday April 05, 2014 @11:32AM (#46669763) Homepage

    Presumably because of a deal struck with one of those weasel-word named "industry associations" like the "Really Helpful Consumer Notification Group" that represent shitty companies that do shitty things and who probably went to Microsoft and said "we need X amount of time to make sure our products meet your new standards so they don't get blocked" for which you can read "we need some time to find a way around your blocking so we can continue being shitty".

  • baby steps (Score:5, Insightful)

    by noh8rz10 (2716597) on Saturday April 05, 2014 @11:33AM (#46669775)

    MS is walking a fine line as it tries to transition from a company that sees users as the target to be exploited and a company that sees users as the customers. Remember all the crapware like Norton installed on every new PC. MS was cool with this because it enabled the OEMs to them more $$. If they were user focused they would have never allowed it.

    Now they're trying to move to an apple model where the user is first. blocking adware is part of this. but turning a big ship takes time, and there are a lot of long-time corporate relationships that need to change, so they are phasing in this new policy to block adware by default.

    Now that MS has gotten the "customer is king" memo, there are only two companies that see users as a resource to be exploited for gain, and customers as partners to assist in this exploitation: goog and fb.

  • by Glasswire (302197) <glasswire.gmail@com> on Saturday April 05, 2014 @11:33AM (#46669777) Homepage

    One person's adware / malware is another's vital revenue stream.

  • by Deathlizard (115856) on Saturday April 05, 2014 @11:50AM (#46669901) Homepage Journal

    I wouldn't call the Bing Bar (or the Bing desktop for that matter) Adware per say simply because it doesn't attempt to sell anything, but it definitely is bundleware and needs to die in a fire like the rest of the toolbar garbage.

    That's going to be the real test for this initiative. Is it going to at least ask you remove the more legitimate toolbars like Ask, Bing Yahoo and Google Toolbars or is it going to ignore them. If it ignores them, Conduit's going to have a field day suing the hell out of MS for blocking their "Non harming" toolbar while ignoring the others. If they do detect them they better make sure Bing Bar is on the list or Google will be screaming "Antitrust" until the cows come home

  • by mysidia (191772) on Saturday April 05, 2014 @12:15PM (#46670107)

    No.... when they don't pay the fee to Microsoft. Microsoft wants to control all the advertising on the Start Screen and the Desktop alike.

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

  • by Cyberdyne (104305) * on Saturday April 05, 2014 @02:25PM (#46671107) Journal

    I wonder when microsoft will get around to getting their vendors to stop accepting kickbacks for shitty adware on new systems.
    This practice is one of the reasons why I still build my own desktop systems. Getting rid of the junk is a massive hassle, and restoration of the system from partition brings it all back.

    I hate the usual crap that gets shovelled on too, but to be fair Microsoft have apparently been pushing against that for a few years now for exactly that reason. Of course, they need to tread carefully there for legal reasons: if they block, say, Dell bundling a limited-time version of Norton Anti-virus, Dell won't be happy (they lose the $5 or whatever kickback) and Symantec will probably lawyer up and come knocking, particularly with Microsoft offering their own AV product now. Remember all the fallout when they killed off Netscape, when they stopped IBM from bundling OS/2 as a dual-boot setup with Windows? We both know this is different, but Microsoft's lawyers are apparently paranoid about crossing that line again.
    I'm told they also offer crapware-free machines in their own stores, which makes sense. I just wish they'd make OEMs ship a plain vanilla Windows install disk like they used to, no more "restore" BS - so anyone wanting a clean machine can just re-install.

  • Re:Why? (Score:4, Insightful)

    by lgw (121541) on Saturday April 05, 2014 @02:34PM (#46671167) Journal

    "we need some time to find a way around your blocking so we can continue being shitty".

    Well, sure, but not much time, and consider that products like the Java installer bundle this crap. This change is very broad, and doesn't just affect fly-by-night malware bundlers like Sourceforge.

  • by Babbster (107076) <aaronbabb.gmail@com> on Saturday April 05, 2014 @03:31PM (#46671553) Homepage

    I've never heard of "crapware" before, but charging money for something that has no monetary value (as it's offered for free by another entity) sounds to me like fraud.

    That's complete nonsense; if true, it would mean nearly every piece of commercial software was fraud, from office software to image editing software to antivirus software.

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