Microsoft Downgrades Claria Adware Detections

Microsoft's Windows AntiSpyware application is no longer flagging adware products from Claria Corp. as a threat to PC users.

Less than a week after published reports of acquisition talks between Microsoft Corp. and the Redwood City, Calif.-based distributor of the controversial Gator ad-serving software, security researchers have discovered that Microsoft has quietly downgraded its Claria detections.

Source: eWeek

Well, so much for MS AntiSpyware having any shred of credibility. I guess Spybot Search & Destroy really doesn't have anything to worry about after all.

Comments (1)

Claria still shows up in the detections but its default action is 'Ignore' instead of 'Remove' or 'Quarantine'. The user can still delete it.

I don't like the change but there's no way I'm going to uninstall Microsoft Antispyware just because of it. Of course, if Microsoft do buy Claria like the rumours suggest then I'll probably reconsider.

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