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Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Microsoft replaces MSAS with Windows Defender Beta 2


Windows Defender (Beta 2)Windows Defender Beta 2 has now taken the place of Microsoft Anti-Spyware. The overall GUI has changed. The overall functionality it seems is the same. The installation routine took a little longer then the previous version. Upon installing Windows Defender I tried to update but have not been successful, I am getting the following message, "Windows Defender was unable to complete the update: 0x8024002b" I am guessing that the update server may be too busy. Microsoft sure knows how to put out a helpful error message. This version's tools have changed, I do like the Software Explorer. It gives detailed information about software falling into the following lists; Startup Programs, Currently Running Programs, Network Connected Programs, and Winsock Service Providers.
From Microsoft's Website:

Q. What is the difference between Microsoft Windows AntiSpyware (Beta) and Windows Defender (Beta 2)?

A. Windows Defender (Beta 2) is the name of the next beta version of Microsoft Windows AntiSpyware. It includes several enhancements that are based on customer input. Changes include, but are not limited to:

1. Improved detection and removal. Windows Defender (Beta 2) can detect and remove more threats posed by spyware and other potentially unwanted software. Real-Time Protection, which helps prevent unwanted software from being installed, is enhanced to better monitor key points in the operating system for changes. These features help you stay productive because they help to prevent pop-ups and the performance degradation that is caused by spyware and other potentially unwanted software.

2. Redesigned and simplified user interface. The Windows Defender (Beta 2) user interface has been redesigned to make it easer to scan your computer and remove unwanted files. The new interface also delivers a warning system that alerts you to the severity of a threat and makes appropriate recommendations to help secure your computer. This new design gives you more control over the software on your computer and minimizes interruptions to your work.

3. Protection features for all users. Windows Defender (Beta 2) can now be run by all the users who use a particular computer, whether they have administrator-level privileges or not. This helps ensure that all the people who use a computer are able to benefit from the protection features offered by Windows Defender (Beta 2).

4. Definition updates delivered through Automatic Updates. Windows Defender (Beta 2) now receives updates through Automatic Updates. Provided by Microsoft analysts, these updates help keep you protected from the latest threats at no adtional cost.

5.Voting network statistics. When Windows Defender (Beta 2) detects potentially unwanted software, it shows you how customers who participate in the opt-in network voted to classify the software. This helps provide you with more information even before Microsoft analysts evaluate the software.


  • I got an error message "Windows Defender was unable to complete the update: 0x8024002b". If any one knows about how to fix it - Please let me know - Mahesh.Deodhar@dfs.com

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3:53 PM  

  • I get the same error (0x8024002b)

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6:54 AM  

  • I just installed Defender on 7-6, haven't been able to update the definitions either. Get the 0x8024002b error message. Microsoft should list solutions by error message. Which I told them...

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:46 AM  

  • Although I have not resolved my problem (I think it's group policies), I have found a work around...

    I used Microsoft Update (http://update.microsoft.com/) and it presented the Windows Defender update when I selected the "Custom" update.


    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:22 AM  

  • I got error code 0x80240029c when tyring to update Windows defender.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:42 AM  

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