In the past few days there seems to have been lots of excitement in the computer industry concerning Anti-Spyware utilities - Programs aimed at ridding peoples machines of troublesome and annoying programs.
Firstly Yahoo have launched a new version of their popular Internet Explorer Toolbar which adds an Anti-Spy utility right on the bar (available from http://toolbar.yahoo.com/). I've installed this on a couple of machines to test it and it seems to be fairly successful, although I know of a few friends machines which would give it much more of a thorough test.
This afternoon, the mighty Microsoft launched a Beta version of their own Windows AntiSpyware software, available to all owners of Genuine Microsoft Windows.
This product has clearly come about from the acquisition of Romanian anti-virus firm GeCAD Software in 2003 and New York-based anti-spyware firm Giant Company Software in December 2004.
After installing an activeX component to validate your version of Windows(TM) you are taken to a download screen, where you can download the test version of their new software.
I'll be testing these anti-spyware tools in the coming weeks and will report my findings in the near future.
Microsoft(R) Windows AntiSpyware (Beta)