Thurrott on spyware: ‘we should have paid more attention to those Apple Switcher ads after all’

“Internet users are finally starting to succumb to the devastating effects of this malicious new brand of malware and are altering their online habits accordingly. According to a report by the Pew Internet and American Life Project, 91 percent of Internet users have been affected by spyware (curious that that figure would match the Windows installed base), 80 percent have stopped opening email attachments, and 48 percent have stopped visiting unknown Web sites. OK, so maybe people are overreacting, right? Well, consider this statistic: According to the UK security firm Sophos, a typical Windows PC has a 50-50 chance of being infested with malicious software within 12 minutes of being connected to the Internet. Maybe we should have paid more attention to those Apple Switcher ads after all,” Paul Thurrott writes for Paul Thurrott’s WinInfo.

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41 Comments

  1. “Who’s Paul Thurrott??”

    Rumor has it he lurks on Mac message boards under the name “Reality Check” and makes a complete ass of himself. I can’t believe he would actually say something that makes this much sense.

    Of course this is all old hat to us.

  2. Yeah, a guy in my lab says he doesn’t have trouble with spyware either, all he has to do is run some software that gets rid of it once in a while.

    I see his monitor from where I sit and between virus checkers, spyware scanners, a free firewall, and M$ updates, he gets windows popping up on his screen all the time – it’s almost as annoying as spyware…

  3. I love getting attachments that I know are actually windows viruses. I just sit and double click on them over and over and laugh my ass off the whole time Im doing it.

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH

  4. Sounds like a ploy to get me to click on his website….I’m not falling for it this time either.

    I saw one Mac user who claimed to have spyware on his/her Mac….He/she posted a comment on one of the other Mac sites (I don’t remember which one)….the person seemed sincere, but I have not seen any other reports of spyware on OS X. Has anyone here ever gotten spyware?

    Not trolling, just curious. 1 possible spyware infection on OS X vs 90% of all PC users.

  5. According to the UK security firm Sophos, a typical Windows PC has a 50-50 chance of being infested with malicious software within 12 minutes of being connected

    You know.. they say 60% of the time it works.. every time – Anchorman

    As long as you don’t plan on keeping that PC for longer than 12 minutes you’re okay, right?

    Well.. then there’s a 99% chance that after 30 minutes you’re infected..

    Whammy! 🙁

    BTW. Nice curve ball Paul

  6. ” Maybe we should have paid more attention to those Apple Switcher ads after all,” Paul Thurrott writes…

    O.O

    Okay, now Paul…I know you’re not feeling well lately, but you have to take this slowly. You’re scaring us now.

    Seriously, this is good that even Paul sees this. It’s even better that he’s writing honestly about it. I don’t say this often, if ever, but good job Paul.

  7. C’mon guys, Paul’s been a Mac user for years. You can’t honestly say that Mac has always been better than Windows at everything. Yes, we’re in a new Golden Age of computing now that OS X is maturing, but Paul is just reacting to that. I’ve even been known to bash a finder window here, or a hung process there. In the OS < 10 days my systems crashed plenty. Windows was more stable and had actual preemptive multitasking. Macs were also vastly more expensive before Steve came back and came to his senses.

    We’ve all grown. Paul has too. Now give cretid where credit is due. Don’t bash him for bashing Apple. Apple needed it.

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