Had another definition update for Windows Defender today. Second in 3 days, fourth in 10 days and the sixth in 17 days. These definition updates are probably all good … it is just that I am not sure whether Windows Defender is truly ‘industrial strength.’ I have had Avast! Professional 4.8 on my Windows 7 machine from day one. So maybe that is why I feel that Windows Defender is not defending me against anything.
Today I decided I was going to do a bit of checking on the Windows Defender Updates. I wanted to see the THREATS being addressed by these updates. Well, it is not as easy as I would have liked. Further to my gripe on January 3, 2010 as to how the Windows 7 graphical user interface (GUI) sucks when it comes to consistency, you can’t just go to the Windows 7 ‘Updates History’ and click on each update to see a description of that update.
So, intrepid as ever, I visited the Microsoft Web site. Yes, I looked around. I couldn’t find enough technical stuff on Slate. Saw Office 2010. Hhhmmm. I will have to look at that. Saw the compelling section on Microsoft’s ‘Surface.’ The large-scale touch-screen panels that can be used as coffee tables etc. Interesting. Not sure whether that software is integrated with Windows 7.
Finally got to the Windows Defender home page. Then went to the Support Page. Saw the link, on the left, that said “Beyond the Basics.” That looked interesting. I wasn’t exactly your average novice. So I visit this page.
It immediately starts talking about ‘Software Explorer’ and there is even a picture (snapshot below, gratis Windows 7 Snipper) of what ‘Software Explorer’ will tell you. That looked fascinating. I wanted to see that.
So I fired up Windows Defender and started looking for ‘Software Explorer.‘ Couldn’t find it. Looked real hard. Then, I even did a search for ‘Software Explorer’ using the START BUTTON search option. NADA. Not good.
As those that ‘follow’ this blog know, quite well by now, I really am a ‘grumpy old man’ — as is my right given my advanced years. So, I am not amused. I go back to the Microsoft site and do a search, using BING, for ‘Software Explorer.’
I find THIS. Real impressive. “Software Explorer isn’t included in Windows Defender in this version of Windows because it’s not integral to spyware detection and removal.”
Gee, THANKS. And people wonder why I still have major reservations about Microsoft. Do us all a favor. At least update your damn Web site. No wonder I am grumpy.
Thanks. Cheers. (I will confess. I was TOYING at the idea of buying some MSFT shares today. I have never owned MSFT. Yes, over the years I have owned, Apple, IBM, Cisco, Juniper, Yahoo etc. But never MSFT. Well, I will take a rain-check. Maybe buy some more APPL.)