Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 9th Nov 2006 23:20 UTC
Windows During a telephone conference with reporters yesterday, outgoing Microsoft co-president Jim Allchin, while touting the new security features of Windows Vista, which was released to manufacturing yesterday, told a reporter that the system's new lockdown features are so capable and thorough that he was comfortable with his own seven-year-old son using Vista without antivirus software installed. Elsewhere, bigg boss Bill Gates says that antitrust authorities did not make Microsoft remove any features from Vista, but he expressed anger with competitors who embarked on noisy public campaigns to 'castrate' the operating system.
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by hauger on Fri 10th Nov 2006 04:39 UTC
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As hard as this might be to believe, I've been running Win. XP now since it came out without ever having antivirus installed. Granted, I keep the thing fully patched.....I don't go clicking things I shouldn't (aka: unsolicited email attachments), I run periodic spyware scans, and yes, from time to time I run virus scans that almost always come up clean (every now and then some java class virus sneaks in, but that's it).

And nope, I'm not sitting in some hardend network, I'm on a standard cable connection with a computer that's almost always turned on. I leave the windows XP firewall running, and other than practicing safe computing and keeping XP patched, I don't do much else in the way of security (I'm not willing to give up CPU cycles or memory for a resident antivirus program). And for some reason I seem to remain virus free.


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