Microsoft to bundle anti-virus scanning into its monthly security bulletins

Microsoft’s next monthly security bulletin will include its first foray into antivirus software since its buy of Romanian antivirus company GeCAD 18 months ago.

Next Tuesday, 11 January, the security bulletin will include the Microsoft Windows malicious software removal tool. Essentially a cumulative patch of the past year’s scanning utilities built to detect common viruses such as Blaster, MyDoom and Download.Ject, the removal tool will be updated on a monthly basis in line with the security bulletin. This will be via Auto Update, by manually visiting the Microsoft site or through the Microsoft Download Center for corporates.

Redmond is being cagey about how the tool will be made available in its official form – whether it will ship with the OS or have to be installed separately – and whether it will be free or charged for.

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