These questions are based on: 220-601 – A+ Essentials CompTIA Self-Test Software Practice Test.
SubObjective: Perform preventative maintenance for computer security
Single Answer, Multiple Choice
What is the most recent software from Microsoft that helps you protect your computer from malware and spyware threats?
- Microsoft Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool
- Windows Defender
- Microsoft AntiSpyware
- Ad-Aware SE Personal
B. Windows Defender
Windows Defender is the most recent software from Microsoft that helps you prevent your computer from malware and spyware threats. Windows Defender is free software from Microsoft that protects your computer against pop-ups, slow performance and security threats that are caused by spyware and other potentially unwanted software. Windows Defender is in beta testing and can be downloaded from Microsoft’s Web site. You can use Windows Defender to remove and quarantine spyware on Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Server 2003 and Windows Vista operating systems. Spyware and malware are malicious software that threatens the security and privacy of computer users. Spyware and malware are installed on a computer through deceit or trickery without a user’s knowledge or consent. This type of spyware and malware can range from unwanted pop-up ads to programs that can record keystrokes or take over a computer. The best method to help prevent spyware and malware threat is to inform user about the risks involved and how to avoid these risks.
Microsoft Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool is not the most recent software from Microsoft that helps you prevent your computer from malware and spyware threats. Microsoft Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool helps you remove specific, prevalent malicious software from computers that are running Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Microsoft Windows XP or Microsoft Windows 2000. But this tool does not protect your computer from spyware and malware in real time — this tool searches your computer for malware and spyware only when you run it. Also, Microsoft Windows Malicious Software Removal tool is not the most recent anti-spyware software from Microsoft.
Microsoft AntiSpyware is not the most recent software from Microsoft that helps you prevent your computer from malware and spyware threats. Microsoft AntiSpyware is the previous version of Microsoft Defender.
Ad-Aware SE Personal is a free anti-spyware software from Lavasoft that provides you with advanced protection against spyware and malware. Ad-Aware SE Personal is not a Microsoft product.
Microsoft Help and Support, How to obtain Windows Defender (Beta 2), http://support.microsoft.com/kb/892279
Microsoft Download Center, Windows Defender (Beta 2) x86, http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=435BFCE7-DA2B-4A6A-AFA4-F7F14E605A0D&displaylang=en
Wikipedia, Windows Defender, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_Defender