Although I have Ad-Aware and Spybot Search and Destroy, I installed the beta version of Microft Antispyware but it never seems to find anything. It always comes up with "no spyware detected", yet both Ad-aware and Spybot when run immediately afterwards find 5 or 6 installed, usually fairly harmless I guess, but there nevertheless. Does anyone else have the same experience?
Perhaps because it is a Beta version, there is no detail available on what is on their spyware list, but the scan report does say no cookie threats detected. Presumably they do not consider the cookies I listed earlier to be threats, though Ad-Aware and Spybot must do!
AFTER LOADING UP THE MICRO SOFT SPYWARE I FOUND THAT ALL MY SETTINGS WERE CHANGED BACK TO THEIR DEFAULT SETTINGS, SO BEWARE IF YOU DO NOT USE M/S SETTINGS, THINK TWICE BECAUSE IT WILL TAKE TIME TO RESET, I REMOVED IT AND WILL HOPE THAT SPYBOT AND ADAWARE WILL KEEP ME OK.asrobs.
The current Beta (1.0.509) does not scan cookies but it is said that a later one will.
I believe that the Browser URL settings revert to MS/OEM sites after a Hijack prevention (Application Agent 'IE URLs') and of course if you use Browser Restore in Advanced Tools with MS defaults still set.