The Washington Post: using Microsoft’s Windows Defender against spyware ‘or just get a Mac’

In reviewing Microsoft’s anti-spyware tool “Windows Defender” for The Washington Post, Rob Pegoraro writes, “You’d be foolish to rely on Windows Defender alone to rid Windows of spyware. But you’d be about as foolish to rely on any other single anti-spyware utility. Keep a few on hand, but also use your own common sense and switch to safer software– like the Firefox and Opera Web browsers, which lack the ActiveX feature exploited by the pirated-games site. Or you could just get a Mac.”

Full article here.

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  1. I normally don’t advocate vandalism but hacking the Windows Defender site would be pretty funny. Isn’t it ironic, don’t ya think? A little TOO ironic. I really do think.

  2. Ahhhhhhh…the concept of “thinking”….so unusual in this day and age….

    Of course, kinky is using the whole turkey…

    Ever wondered why there isn’t a C.S.I. West Virginia? (Don’t mean to offend any W. Virginians on here).

  3. It’s just astounding … the fact that the Mac OS is so incredibly secure. I mean really, amazingly safe to use. Just look at the current report from NetworkWorld.

    Man, it’s great to be a Mac user.

  4. Re: Mac Security…

    call me when OS X gets owned… FOR REAL.

    and not that pansy, fake-assed version where the guy shows everyone the door, gives them the keys and sez…
    “Hey! Make yourself famous! Break in here and we’ll claim it’s insecure!”

  5. Winblows users are either masochistic, delusional, or just plain naive about computers and computer security. Most fall into the last category (thankfully or sadly – your choice). How do we wake them up, people?

  6. Cubert said: <i>”Most fall into the last category (thankfully or sadly – your choice). How do we wake them up, people?”

    Sure we could pass the word along in our various circles of influence. but wouldn’t it so much more interesting if our resident trolls were to it for us?

    By our resident trolls, I do mean, “MacDude”, “Sputnick”, “RealityCheck”, et al

    It must be strange to get pleasure from trolling the cyber watering holes of the “enlightened”

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