Microsoft Unveils Anti Malware Tool

Tuesday, August 7, 2012 @ 05:08 PM gHale

Microsoft’s Trustworthy Computing (TwC) unit released the full version of its Attack Surface Analyzer, a service that explains how new applications impact Windows’ ability to repel malicious software.

The tool is available as a free download and works by analyzing any new application installed on users’ PCs.

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“Attack Surface Analyzer looks for classes of security weaknesses Microsoft has seen when applications are installed on the Windows operating system, and it highlights these as issues,” a TwC official wrote on a blog post.

“The tool also gives an overview of changes to the system that Microsoft considers important to the security of the platform, and it highlights these changes in the attack surface report.

The firm explained the checks the tool can perform include the analysis of changed or newly added files, registry keys, services, Microsoft ActiveX controls, listening ports and other parameters that affect a computer’s attack surface.

As well as helping IT departments, the tool also can help application developers ensure their products don’t affect computers cyber defenses.

Micosoft said since its availability to other developers, the tools ended up downloaded at least one million times.

Click here to download the Attack Surface Analyzer.

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