Mac OS X has no viruses; what’s wrong with Windows?

“Windows doesn’t separate the authorities required to install new software from those required just to view attachments; so you can get infected by an executable program when you thought you were looking at a file. That’s because Windows started life as MS-DOS, which was always intended to be a single-user product, not shared among users with different levels of authority over the machine. The antivirus companies couldn’t protect people because in general they can only ward off programs they already know about.” Charles Arthur reports for The Independent.

“At one stage MyDoom-laden viruses made up one in 12 of all e-mails travelling over the internet,” Arthur reports.

“Now, I am certain that I’ve never sent any viruses, because I’m using Mac OSX, and there are no viruses on that platform. So I was confident that I wasn’t a culprit when I e-mailed one site that claimed I had sent it a virus, asking it to stop increasing the amount of pointless e-mail traffic. ‘Your virus software is making the virus problem worse, increasing the e-mail load by sending messages to people who have not sent viruses, because as you know, all mass-mailer worms now spoof the ‘From:’ address,’ I wrote,” Arthur reports.

“I got the reply: ‘IMHO it is better to reply and warn people that they may be virus-infected than to ignore the problem and hope it goes away. If you do not want your e-mail address used as a spoof, educate the people to whom you send e-mails to not run viruses.’ It’s a nice idea that we could stop all our internet neighbours getting virus-infected; the same approach to petty offences in real life would bring the crime rate down to zero overnight. Assuming that it were possible – which it isn’t, in real life or online,” Arthur reports.

“Antivirus companies began appearing in 1986. Windows 3.1 appeared in 1992. The first mass-mailer virus, Melissa, appeared in 1999. Since then viruses have improved hugely, carrying their own e-mail-sending program, able to choose from addresses on the machine. Antivirus products struggle to keep up; Windows struggles to protect you (and it) from yourself (and itself),” Arthur writes.

Full article here.

29 Comments

  1. Easy clean up for the OS X found virus. Follow these easy instructions:

    1. Locate de folder where Virtual PC is installed
    2. drag it and drop it in the Trash
    3. Empty Trash

    Voila! you’re safe now ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”grin” style=”border:0;” />

  2. Windows IS a virus, and Microsoft knows everything you’re doing with your PC. That’s why there’s so many holes, so MS can spy on their users (for marketing purposes). Want to bet against back doors being turned over to the DoJ in return for a slap on the wrist? I’ll take that action.

  3. It’s intersting that M$ talked up how much they were going to “rewrite” from the ground up when they were working on Win2000. Then again when they were working on WinXP, and now they are “really” going to rewrite when it comes to their next gen OS Blackthorn/Blackmarter/Blackadder.

    So why are there so many of the same issues and problems after all of these rewrites? Hmmm?

  4. yes i am a windows user and well i can see the prob with viruses, but its not only mac that doesnt have viruses on, because of the UNIX shell ANY OS with it on is in fact virus free. The linux OS(s) also have no viruses built because it also is running on the UNIX system.
    One more point, well 2, if viruses were ever to be made for the interent servers it can mean it doesnt matter if your computer itself has the virus it can use your emails sent to move arround, this is an unlikely event anyway and ALL servers run on the linux OS(s). So I fell that the next gerneration of viruses will be an exsternal 1 rather than in your own computer.
    One last point, for all you out there that dont no, if your computer doesnt work or it crashes, half the time its NOT a virus at all; the word ‘virus’ thesedays are used in the wrong sence.

    xstyr (david)
    p.s. sorry for the very big comment (^o^)b

  5. oh yh (i realli no to much to say about dis)
    MS, yes it has to much power and still with the new version of windows are trying to make it even harder for us (i speack for my people) proggrammers to program at all, sugestions of a blocker to stop viruses from ever running, in turn it can only run the proggrams windows says ok to, this wont be long till it is cracked but it means if we ever want to proggram we have to go somewere else. Im not sure but i thinks thats why almost all media creating people chose to use mac more than any OS.

  6. Anitvirus software is a $9 BILLION a year industry! Now we all know that once a corporation is in business it is important to keep growing to make their shareholder happy, so is the incentive there to REALLY end the threat of viruses, spyware, trojans or adware? Not likely.

  7. macs have no viruses. RIGHT. I was infected just today.

    I have never in my 18 years of computing used an anitvirus product any longer than it takes to uninstall it.

    And the very first week I audition on my new leopard 10.5.1 system I get a trojan (OK — not a virus, but still an infection I’d never have fallen for on windows.).

    Seems that Quicktime has some missing codecs while I’m surfing around looking for sound+video files for a project. Install the recommended “missing” codec — and wham! Social engineering got me right in the Leopard’s kisser.

    Plenty of vulnerabilities out there even for expert users treading into new territory. Was able to kill the cronjob and delete the trojan before any major damage.

    Fools who say Macs are more secure are just gambling on Mac’s relative obscurity… for the moment. Security through obfuscation is no security at all.

    — font9a

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