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Microsoft Unveils Built-in Virus Scanner

by Donna Buenaventura / February 24, 2004 4:22 AM PST

Intent on stopping the spread of Internet viruses, Microsoft has begun piloting a built-in virus scanner for its Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2) that will be included in the final product in mid-2004.

The tool is among the operating system enhancements the Redmond, Wash., company is field testing as part of its Security Center initiative to rebuff viruses, worms, trojans and crackers.

Microsoft will also provide free online training to help developers make the most of SP2's security features, Chairman Bill Gates said at today's RSA Security conference. It's the first time the company has offered training with a Windows service pack release.

Microsoft has been criticized for the security flaws that have allowed trojans to propagate from computers that run its Windows operating systems. In many cases, the company patched the holes, but not all users downloaded or updated their systems.


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