I have seen some nonsensical, naive articles in my time, but this is right up there with some of the most nonsensical.
Taken from http://www.microsoft.com/athome/security/protect/windowsxpsp2/antispy.mspx (an article titled "Security Essentials: Antispyware")
"Do I already have antispyware?
To see if you already have antispyware software:
1. Click Start, and then click All Programs.
2. Look for the words "spy," "spyware," or "antispyware," for example, Microsoft AntiSpyware or Spybot Search & Destroy. You may also see the name Lavasoft Ad-Aware."
Why is this nonsensical, naive, maybe dangerous, advice? Just because those words are used in a programme name does NOT
mean we have installed legitimate
antispyware software. Take a look at the names used by just some of the bad guys out there right now (cite: http://www.spywarewarrior.com/rogue_anti-spyware.htm
How many of the names include the words "spy", "spyware" or "antispyware"? How many of the applications are legitimate? Do a good job? Are *real* antispyware?
I expect a far higher standard of authorship on the Microsoft domain, even on a page that is written in simple terms and addressed to Home Users. In fact, home users need *more* protection, not less. If the article is going to say that a product with particular words in its name is a particular type of programme it needs to make sure that in the vast majority of cases the statement is true.
Betrayware is a growing market. Every week we discover new products and sites that imitate legitimate applications and Web sites. We cannot make global statements like that quoted above. It simply shouldn't be there, being simplistic, ill considered and carrying the risk of supporting betrayware in their efforts to fool victims into thinking they have effective, legitimate, antispyware protection.
While we're on the topic of fake antispyware products, check out this article:http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/4696532.stm
I've let Microsoft know about my concerns about the Microsoft article via the Feedback link. I hope you do the same.