Microsoft developing own antivirus software for leaky Windows

“Microsoft, whose Windows operating system is often knocked for flaws that leave it vulnerable to malicious computer viruses and worms, is developing a program to protect against such attacks,” Holly Sanders reports for The New York Post. “The company has been pushed to improve security after being plagued by epidemics such as the Blaster worm and Sobig virus in recent years. Those attacks crashed people’s computers and led to widespread slowdowns in Internet traffic.”

“The irony was a bit much for some Windows users, though, who questioned why the software behemoth would sell a product to deal with viruses that take advantage of problems within its own operating system,” Sanders reports. “‘That’s like buying a car with a leaky gas tank and having to pay the car manufacturer to have a fire engine drive alongside,’ one irate user wrote in a posting on a chat board site.”

“The usual defense is that Windows is the target of so many attacks because just about everyone uses it. But computer experts contend that the software has inherent shortcomings that make it an easier hit than rival systems such as Mac OS X and Linux,” Sanders reports. “‘Many of the perceived security problems with Microsoft products are real,’ said Richard Ford, a computer virus expert and professor at the Florida Institute of Technology.”

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: How ’bout just fixing Windows first? Or is that too much to ask? With this news, we have the answer; obviously it is too much to ask of the Redmond monopoly abuser. Our advice? Get a Mac. You can thank us later.

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65 Comments

  1. How can you trust them to write anti-virus software when they couldn’t write the fscking OS properly in the first place!

    I’d be more angry, if I wasn’t rolling on the floor laughing my ass off.

  2. And the IT people in thousands of companies will leave behind their current AV software that’s been working to incorporate this, only because of the manufacturer. Don’t worry, in 2006 (or 2007 or 2008), it will be built into windoze and antitrust suits will prove to be a slap on the wrist (again).

  3. MDN says “How ’bout just fixing Windows first?”

    Please you must be joking…

    There is nothing wrong with the MS Windows operating system. Throughout the entire business world Windows is the OS used daily. Why would you think that windows needs to be fixed. The whole world uses windows and the IT departments of all most all major corporations use windows.

    Windows is the standard for corporate and personal computers. We are all very happy with the products MS provides.

  4. That’s great! They make money coming and going… coming and going, and going and coming… and always too soon ~ Blazing Saddles.

    Wow …

    W_users will get it from either end
    No matter which way they bend.

  5. You tell ’em, Sput.

    Reprint from SteveJack from this very site:

    By its very nature Wintel cannot be the best
    Wednesday, September 18, 2002 – 04:37 PM EDT

    Some would have you believe that popularity and marketshare mean their OS and hardware are the best in the world. By that logic…

    1. Budweiser makes the world’s best beer.
    2. Ford makes the world’s best car.
    3. Dominos makes the world’s best pizza.
    4. McDonalds makes the world’s best hamburger.
    5. Britney Spears makes the world’s best music.
    6. Intel makes the world’s best computer processor.
    7. Microsoft makes the world’s best operating system.

    Now, although the list above succinctly makes the point, some may still beg to argue. So, I asked a Windows-using acquaintance of mine to review the list and then attempt to disprove the logic by providing an example where the best product of any category was also the most popular. The following is a transcript of the conversation:

    “Titleist golf balls,” the Wintel Guy shot almost immediately.

    I thought for a second. “It could be argued that the golfer who has the most victories over the past several years and seven of the last twelve major tournaments is the one using the best golf balls, namely Nike golf balls,” I said.

    The Wintel Guy paused for a moment and then stated flatly, “Tiger Woods wins because he is one of the best golfers. The golf balls he uses have VERY little to do with it.”

    “But, Jack Nicklaus used MacGregor Tour, and later Maxfli golf balls, not Titleist, en route to being named the Athlete of the Century by Sports Illustrated,” I countered.

    The Wintel Guy asked smugly, “So does that make MacGregor Tour golf balls the best? Or Maxfli’s? Or Nike’s? Or does it just go to show that your premise that Wintel cannot be the best is illogical and inconsistent?”

    I had him right where I wanted him, “No, it only shows that the absolute best golfers do not choose to use the most common, best-selling, or the most popular golf balls. They use the Macintosh of golf balls.”

  6. dummy,

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    n.
    1. A cutting, often ironic remark intended to wound.
    2. A form of wit that is marked by the use of sarcastic language and is intended to make its victim the butt of contempt or ridicule.
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  7. It is laughable, and should be the subject of prosecution, that MS is now going to profit even more by creating a product that only serves to fix the holes in it’s other product. An ethical company would just try and fix the product in question.

    But I do give credit to MS for being very astute at making large sums of money. It’s truly amazing, though not necessarily in an admirable way.

  8. This is so funny!!

    Says it all really!

    Who knows, maybe Microsoft will actually write one piece of software that will finally work how it should!

    I bet all the companies who write/sell anti-virus software for windows are crapping themselves – as this windows software will obviously be part of the new Shithorn OS when it finally comes out.

    If I were those guys I would stop writing the software now as microsoft will put something in the new OS that stops you installing third party anti-virus software!

  9. Not to deny that I could be wrong, ‘cuz indeed Sput has made postings that appear to paint him as a ‘fsckstick’.

    But man, this smells like sarcasm. (Could be the British, in the BC air.)

    Will Microsoft make the best antivirus software?

    Well, M$ will certainly dominate – with 89% of – the Wintel Virus Software market, it just won’t matter if it’s the ‘best’!

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