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"Morro" will be available as a stand-alone download and offer malware protection for the Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7 operating systems.

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Microsoft's Microsoft Security Essentials (AKA Morro) Anti-Virus and Anti-Spyware software
To address the growing need for a PC security solution tailored to the demands of emerging markets, smaller PC form factors and rapid increases in the incidence of malware, Microsoft Corp. plans to offer a new consumer security offering focused on core anti-malware protection.
Code-named "Morro," this streamlined solution will be available in the second half of 2009 and will provide comprehensive protection from malware including viruses, spyware, rootkits and trojans. This new solution, to be offered at no charge to consumers, will be architected for a smaller footprint that will use fewer computing resources, making it ideal for low-bandwidth scenarios or less powerful PCs. As part of Microsoft's move to focus on this simplified offering, the company also announced today that it will discontinue retail sales of its Windows Live OneCare subscription service effective June 30, 2009.

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Waiting for Morro: Microsoft's free anti-virus software

Microsoft's free anti-virus service, codenamed Morro, could soon be available in a public beta version. Whether you'd want to try it is another matter

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Want to break into a computer's encrypted hard drive? Just blast the machine's memory chip with a burst of cold air.
That's the conclusion of new research out of Princeton University demonstrating a novel, low-tech way hackers can access even the most well-protected computers, provided they have physical access to the machines.
The Princeton report shows how encryption, long considered a vital shield against hacker attacks, can be defeated by manipulating the way memory chips work. The researchers say the ease of their attack raises fears about the security of laptop computers increasingly used to store sensitive information, from personal banking data, to company trade secrets, to national security documents.

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There is a workaround now for the MS07-069 patch:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/946627

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Having problems with your IE browser and Windows XP2 ?
It seems that a security patch from last Tuesdays update  is to blame.
As yet there is no workaround.
Mozilla  users are not affected too badly.

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Download: Microsoft Office 2007 SP1

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 Following findings by the Investigation Bureau that portable hard discs produced by US disk-drive manufacturer Seagate Technology that were sold in Taiwan contained Trojan horse viruses, further investigations suggested that "contamination" took place when the products were in the hands of Chinese subcontractors during the manufacturing process.
On Saturday, Seagate Technology LLC, the manufacturer of the Maxtor portable hard drive, said on its Web site (www.seagate.com) that Maxtor Basics Personal Storage 3200 hard drives sold after August could be infected with the virus.

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Microsoft Security Response Centre have released their Monthly Security Bulletin for July. They have announced that they plan to release six security patches next Tuesday:

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Video clips from YouTube might come booby-trapped with malware, security watchers warn.
A fake video file containing the Zlob Trojan has been planted on the video-sharing site. If selected, the Trojan bombards infected users with ads. It might also be used to upload other forms of malware onto compromised PCs.

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Microsoft is to release a fix for the recently disclosed Windows Domain Name System service flaw in their May 8 patch day (probably).
The vulnerability affects the DNS RPC interface and allows attacks by variants of the Nirbot worm to take control of the host machine.

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