AOL Enhances Spyware Killer

Posted on September 21, 2005 reports that AOL has introduced a new spyware killer. The software will be available for no extra charge to AOL subscribers.

AOL Spyware Protection 2.0 (ASP 2.0) is powered by Computer Associates eTrust PestPatrol Anti-Spyware technology and finds and blocks up to 28,000 different types of adware, spyware, Trojans and keyloggers.

Every minute, the software scans for thousands of types of spyware and adware that may be running silently, as well as every 15 minutes, daily and weekly in various memory and system sweeps aimed at keeping systems spyware- free.

"Spyware and adware threats are growing more significant as users spend more time online and visit more malicious or infected Web sites, so we want to offer our members the most comprehensive possible protection against those new and emerging threats," Andrew Weinstein, AOL spokesperson, told

AOL faces competition from free web services offerings from major Internet players like Yahoo and Google so offering free spyware software may be a good method for keeping its subscriber base. The spyware software will need to be effective however because there are also many players in the PC security market such as Symantec and McAfee.

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