Jim’s Comments about Windows Vista and Antivirus software


When I read the interview “Allchin Suggests Vista Won’t Need Antivirus” with Jim Allchin I shuddered, and then I realized he’d been taken out of context. Jim is no fool. Anyway, he’s responded, and I’m happy to see he has.  


Long time Microsoft watcher, Mary Jo Foley, concurs.


Oh, and for what it’s worth. My wife’s Vista machine has no anti-virus software on it.

Comments (5)

  1. Karla Eisele says:

    Help!!  My browser seems to be hijacked by something called iesecure–it has decided it is going to be my homepage and blocks most webpages from loading.  This thing keeps telling me that my computer is infected with spyware.  It even has a popup window that announces that "W32.Myzor.FK@yf is a virus that attempts to infect *.exe files.  It attempts to steal passwords and private information from the infected computer."

    It doesn’t say that my computer is infected, though.  There are many links on the page to other sites that want me to buy the product, such as "Spy Heal", at http://spyheal.com/?aid=561, and others with similar addresses.

    Do you know what this is?  Can you help me get rid of it?

  2. Rodger says:

    So, your wife gets to be the brave person cruising the web without protection, eh? Not brave enough to try it yourself (or just prevented from doing so by corporate policy?)

  3. >>So, your wife gets to be the brave person cruising the web without protection, eh?

    So there’s the issue – my wife doesn’t "Cruise the Web" she goes to about a dozen sites. That’s it.

    >>Not brave enough to try it yourself (or just prevented from doing so by corporate policy?)

    you hit it on the head – domain policy!!

  4. nksingh says:

    I don’t really see how antivirus can do anything against the real threats I’m worried about: worms and attacks against exposed services.  If it’s a trojan, then I’m not likely to be affected by it since I use my computer for work with the few programs I have and not for screwing around with trifles from the internet.  This seems to be the only kind of attack that antivirus programs can prevent.

    I’d rather rely on safe computing and in-built security than install more exploitable and usually nasty code in security-sensitive paths.

  5. James says:

    I agree, anti-virus is more overrated than anything you have 100 alarms to your firewall and a pop up for each one to click on. its like 99.9999999999999999% of all firewall alarms are just you trying to do normal stuff and not someone actually hacking your computer.

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