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Vista Won’t Need Anti-Virus? Hmm

Filed under: Microsoft, Security, Windows — Hogg @ 12:24 pm

Update: Allchin says that he didn’t explain himself clearly enough. Here’s his statement on the Windows Vista Team blog:

I want to be clear, most users will use some form of antivirus software, and that will be appropriate for their scenarios. In fact, Windows Security Center, a great feature in Windows Vista, specifically encourages the use of antivirus software.

via BetaNews

Microsoft’s co-president Jim Allchin is so confident in the security of Windows Vista that he said that the latest Windows OS will not need any anti-virus software.

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.


Call me skeptical, but I don’t know if I buy that or not. Maybe Microsoft will surprise us all and have a super-secure operating system. I, however, am a firm believer in the intelligence of hackers and malware writers. As fast as the software makers are improving security features, these guys are finding new ways to screw up our computers. Windows is obviously the most popular OS on the market right now and it is going to be the major target of hackers when Vista is released just like it is right now with XP.

Whether or not I ever run Vista on one of my own machines remains to be seen. But I do know that if I ever do, I’m not venturing out into the world of internet connectivity without at least some form of protection against viruses.

In other words . . .


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1 Comment »

  1. Crazy! The virus writers are way ahead…they’ll figure something out & w/o AV software, we would be pretty vulnerable!

    Comment by Sarah — 11.12.06 @ 7:00 pm

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