Windows Defender 7.0

Windows Defender is a free program that helps protect your computer against pop-ups, slow performance, and security threats caused by spyware and other unwanted software. It features Real-Time Protection, a monitoring system that recommends actions against spyware when it's detected and minimizes interruptions and helps you stay productive. Now with 2 free support incidents for Windows XP and Windows Server 2003.

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Download: Windows Defender 7.0
Download: Windows Defender 7.0 (x64)
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"Note: If you have version 1.1.1592.0, you must first manually uninstall Windows Defender before you can install this newer version. To configure or remove the existing version, use Add/Remove programs in the Control Panel."

I love automation, don't you!

Heh, trying to escape the truism that anything 1.0 in MS is junk, so instead of earning it by actually producing an improved version 2.0 and then finally a working Version 3.0, they decided to just jump the numbers without the work. So will this actually improve their detection rate?

I just read a post from an MVP in a Microsoft news group that version 7.0 brings the code base for XP and Server 2003 up to date with the version installed on Vista. Not sure if this is 100% accurate, but it makes sense:

There's a post from a Defender staff person recently discussing this. The
version of Defender in Vista is equivalent to the newest available for
XP--there's no need to update it.

The version numbers are different, which is confusing.

You have the latest Defender code for Vista, and it does what the XP code
does, and more, because of additional capabilities in the underlying OS.

*EDIT* - It would also appear that Windows 2000 support has been removed.

Downloaded, installed and tested a little. Like the previous beta, it really hangs when searching/installing the new definitions file. It looks a little slow to me, not responsive at all.

Flatty said,
Downloaded, installed and tested a little. Like the previous beta, it really hangs when searching/installing the new definitions file. It looks a little slow to me, not responsive at all.
More often than not that's a known problem with Windows Defender versus Microsoft Update.. change back to Windows Update and see if that solves the hanging.

They're just badging it so people just don't steal the screenshots they take...

Edit: After re-reading your post, it sounds like you were asking about the font itself... In that case, I have no clue, but that's what they've been using since they first started doing this IIRC.