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    Microsoft release Windows Defender Beta2 for XP

    Windows Defender (Beta 2) is a free program that helps you stay productive by protecting your computer against pop-ups, slow performance and security threats caused by spyware and other potentially unwanted software.

    http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/d...displaylang=en

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    Re: Microsoft release Windows Defender Beta2 for XP

    Nice one just tested looks pretty good.

    Ross

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    Re: Microsoft release Windows Defender Beta2 for XP

    Hmm, bit too close to extortion for my thoughts.

    Yes, here's our OS. We wont fix all the security/design flaws but we will sell you this instead that'll fix everything right up. Honest.

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    Re: Microsoft release Windows Defender Beta2 for XP

    Slightly o/t but has anyone else noticed that links such as the one above jump around the page when you try to click on them. I frequently right click and go to open the link in a new tab when using Firefox and the link appears to dodge the mouse!

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    Re: Microsoft release Windows Defender Beta2 for XP

    Firefox is still loading the page. Increase your rendering delay.

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    Re: Microsoft release Windows Defender Beta2 for XP

    Works well however it doesnt work on school laptops as it doesnt support proxys!

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    Re: Microsoft release Windows Defender Beta2 for XP

    I found teh same as Jonk - we can't use it here as we go through two proxies before reaching the Net.

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    Re: Microsoft release Windows Defender Beta2 for XP

    Even one proxy set in IE throws it off. Nice planning Microsoft.

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    Re: Microsoft release Windows Defender Beta2 for XP

    WSUS seems to support updating Windows Defender. Has anyone got it to work?

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    Re: Microsoft release Windows Defender Beta2 for XP

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    WSUS seems to support updating Windows Defender. Has anyone got it to work?
    Have got staff laptops using Windows Defender which are getting updates from the WSUS server.

    All seems ok.

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    Re: Microsoft release Windows Defender Beta2 for XP

    Yeah, I just turned it on and gave it a go. Seems to work fine.

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    Re: Microsoft release Windows Defender Beta2 for XP

    I found this from a microsoft guy on another forum
    It's inaccurate to say that signature updates don't work through a proxy - they will. Windows Defender uses AU - so if your AU works, it'll work. If your AU proxy settings (set them in IE) are wrong, then you're probably not getting your security updates, and that's a bigger problem.
    but I don't understand what he means by AU, ("All Users" ???)

    But maybe one of you experts can work it out for us

    Just for info, I installed it on a teachers home machine (MS Antispysware had gone walkabout) and did a scan - it found a few things (180solutions etc) and seemed to be locked up when trying to remove the baddies but it just took a long time (15-20 mins).

    Nothing re-appeared when I rebooted so I was quite impressed.

    regards

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    Re: Microsoft release Windows Defender Beta2 for XP

    AU = Automatic Updates. If automatic updates are turned on, Windows will download updated definitions through the AU client.

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    Re: Microsoft release Windows Defender Beta2 for XP

    In a suitable GPO as a startup script:

    Script to run:

    Code:
    proxycfg
    Command line arguements:

    Code:
    -d -p proxy.yousite.ac.uk yourwsusserver
    You need XP SP2 to make this work. If you don't want XP SP2 or have 2k machines, copy proxycfg.exe from w2k3 server or a XP SP2 machine.

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