Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 17th Jul 2007 14:38 UTC, submitted by mikemuch
Windows "Way back in November 2006, when Windows Vista went from beta to RTM, Microsoft's Jim Allchin suggested that users might not need an antivirus program, thanks to the new OS's stronger security features. While the statement was subsequently clarified until it lost all its meaning, the question remains: Do Vista users really need an antivirus program running in the background at all times?"
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by sb56637 on Tue 17th Jul 2007 19:39 UTC
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>>If you read enthusiast message boards, you often see the more boastful users assert that they've been running Windows XP for four years without an antivirus program and without contracting a virus, simply by avoiding illicit software and email attachments.

That would be me. I might add that you also have to avoid using USB Flash drives that have been connected to other Windows systems. If you're in that situation, open the drive first in Linux and delete the crapware that other people's computers invariably copy to it, then it's clean for Windows XP.

Windows is a security nightmare, but if you use your head you won't get infected. And if you don't use your common sense, no software program in the world will protect you from all the threats.

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