OK, OK, I'm calmer today. And I am having a great experience with the AntiSpyware beta 1 installation on both Vicki's computer (clean bill of health) and mine (a few gotchas that SpyBot S&D missed and some new things that I really like).
So there is no mystery privileging as far as I can tell. This material comes in fine, and it catches stuff about Microsoft sites/software as well as any others, so far as I can tell at this point.
Oh, and an odd thing of the kind that usually fires up my rant engine. The Adobe PDF plug-in for MSN Desktop Search code is unsigned, and on Vicki's machine either the firewall or the AntiSpyware (or a slight different setting in local security policies with
SP2 maybe) caught it. It wasn't caught on my (no-SP2) laptop, so I will check the local policies to see if that's the deal. So my rant would be about the inscrutibility of this stuff, and a possible too-generous default policy thingie, plus having the MSN
Search site recomment a plug-in that involves an off-site link and delivers unsigned code. But I don't feel like ranting about it today, just pointing out that there is more to put in on this particular journey.