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Many Microsoft Windows users who downloaded the recently released AntiSpyware program from Microsoft, or had it installed through an automatic Windows update, woke up to a surprise.
Published on January 19, 2005 By joeKnowledge In Internet

SOURCE: BBSpot

Microsoft's AntiSpyware Tool
Removes Internet Explorer

By Brian Briggs  - Wednesday, January 19 12:00 AM ET

Many Microsoft Windows users who downloaded the recently released AntiSpyware program from Microsoft, or had it installed through an automatic Windows update, woke up to a surprise. Unintentionally, the heuristics of the software detected Internet Explorer as spyware, and removed the program from their systems.

Microsoft has pulled the program from its website until the problem can be corrected. Elias Weatherbee, a Microsoft representative, said the program was "only in beta" and that "a fix was forthcoming."

"It shows how powerful...


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on Jan 19, 2005
hahahaha, that is funny. Guess it shows they are serious about removing spyware
on Jan 19, 2005
Now we know
Use Firefox.
on Jan 19, 2005
All those people who wondered how to uninstall IE, and now MS provides the tool.
Firefox forever!
on Jan 19, 2005
on Jan 19, 2005
Before all of you anti-microsoft types get your panties in a bunch.. look over this article carefully.
Point 1 - The article claims that MS pulled the product.. FALSE, i just downloaded it again from MS.
Point 2 - Do you really think a MS representative is going to publicly respond to an accusation with the words "Tough Shit".. I don't think so.
It appears to me that this site is either just a joke or a forum to spread false statements.

I'll use firefox when all web sites I need to view are viewable with the program. Otherwise, it has vulnerabilities just like anything else and less functionality all wrapped in one...
on Jan 19, 2005
yea, this sounds very much like a hoax or an urban legend to me. I just don't think any program would be able to remove a part of the OS (which IE is at the moment).
on Jan 19, 2005
Hey, let's not let facts get in the way of a funny story!
on Jan 19, 2005
BBspot is a satire site. From their About page:

"Called "the world's greatest tech humour site" by The Register, BBspot creates entertainment for the geekier side of the world. BBspot produces a variety of features like fake news stories satirizing the tech and political worlds, the BBspot Mailbag which pokes fun at the Believers (people who believe our fake news) and much more. BBspot was started by Brian Briggs in April of 2000 as a hobby to bring some fun to the web, but grew to the point where Brian "quit his day job" and made the site his full-time occupation in January of 2003."

You've been punked!
on Jan 19, 2005
Funny stuff. liked the one about Jar-Jaromir gonna be in the Return of the King.

on Jan 20, 2005
I found the "MS bundles worm with IIS " story particularly funny ..."""Servers installed with Linux will be safe from attack, which is by design according to Microsoft. "We're not going to infect our worm with the GPL virus. If our worm were to infect a Linux server then it would have to be given away for free to everyone,Security experts were unfazed by the whole affair. "If it's a Microsoft produced worm it won't work until the third version anyway.""""
on Jan 20, 2005
I've been wanting to get rid of IE. Now it's made easier! Yes!!!
on Jan 20, 2005
Long live IE!
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