Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 11th Nov 2006 16:56 UTC, submitted by Governa
Windows Outgoing Microsoft co-president Jim Allchin posted a blog entry Friday apologizing for the confusion surrounding comments he made to reporters Wednesday about being so confident in Windows Vista's security that his seven-year-old son's PC had no antivirus software installed. Allchin acknowledged Friday that he wasn't as clear as he intended to be, saying he never meant to imply that Windows Vista does not need antivirus software, despite citing the example of his son's PC. "It's important for me that our customers are using the appropriate security solutions for the right situations, whether that's security functionality integrated in the operating systems, or add-on products," he said.
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Endless debates
by pandronic on Sat 11th Nov 2006 19:12 UTC
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Damn, I'm really getting sick and tired of this endless arguments between people who use antivirus and people who don't. I haven't seen such a discussion ever reaching a conclusion and yet people start contradicting each other with every chance they get.

Let's sum it up: with common sense you rarely (if ever) get a virus, but if you are unlucky or don't pay enough attention you might get a virus, so you should keep AVG or some other free and lite antivirus nearby for emergencies.

In my personal experience - I didn't use an antivirus for a couple of years and didn't have problems, but then I decided to install NAV (Norton AntiVirus), after all, and ironically, I got my first virus after a very looong time (no, I'm not talking about NAV).

It was more like a trojan, actually ... I've downloaded some archive from a crappy site, my "internal" antivirus switched on when I saw the contents, but I said what the heck, NAV is protecting me - so I clicked on the file. Needless to say that it wasn't what I expected and that sorry excuse for an antivirus didn't catch it. My bad.

So, having a crappy antivirus can be as bad, because it induces a false sense of security, especially if you swich off (or don't have) the common sense. Now I'm scanning with AVG and Adaware from time to time, use Firefox and pay more attention, but I don't run a resident antivirus. In over a year from "the incident" I didn't have problems.

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