04-04-2014 12:13 PM
Company revises policies for classifying, detecting and handling adware programs in its security software.
Microsoft has toughened its criteria for classifying programs as adware and gave developers three months to conform with the new principles or risk having their programs blocked by the company's security products.
The most important change in Microsoft's policy is that adware programs will be blocked by default starting July 1. In the past such programs were allowed to run until users chose one of the recommended actions offered by the company's security software.
04-04-2014 12:19 PM
04-04-2014 12:23 PM
Microsoft makes a lot of sense on this: they are adopting a PUA policy similar to what Webroot uses. Those that have easy and accurate uninstall directions are not likely to be flagged, but those without that are flagged and marked for removal.
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04-04-2014 12:36 PM
Such activities can certainly help to increase the level of security and certainly to reduce the number of Potentially Unwanted Applications, which are becoming more frequent and often reduce the effective operation of the OS.
I also think that's the right way to go.
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04-04-2014 12:46 PM
Good then Webroot can be more aggressive now! @DanP