Microsoft Security website shows Apple Mac and says ‘you’re clean’ [UPDATED]

Checking out Microsoft’s website home page of “Microsoft Security” (an oxymoron if there ever was one), MacDailyNews reader “MadMac” noticed that the image Microsoft is using next to the caption “Click. You’re clean.” is an Apple Mac!

Hey, with an Apple Mac, you don’t even have to click, you’re clean regardless!

We checked it out and “MadMac” is right! We found the image over on Fotosearch Stock Photography (#1734045) and zoomed in via Fotosearch’s handy online Image Zoom tool and identified the model as an Apple 15-inch PowerBook G4 based upon speaker grill width, port placement, and screen hinge reveal. Microsoft seems to have pasted a fullscreen shot of their “security” site onto the PowerBook’s screen.

MacDailyNews Take: Hey, Microsoft, if you’re going to pretend to be serious about security, shouldn’t you use a picture of a Dell or HP or something instead of reminding people about the truly secure Apple Macintosh?

[UPDATE: 11:58pm EDT: Microsoft has now changed the artwork on the page. It is now a mother and child checking their laptop, a laptop that looks like an Apple 12-inch PowerBook with the white Apple removed. – Thanks, Qka.]

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  1. This is actually a wicked subliminal frame so that the viewer associates virus with those cute little laptops made by Apple ( at the subconcious level).

    I it no mistake, It is Microsoft psycholagical warefare kids.

  2. Does anyone think it’s ironic that Windoze users have to “do something” to make sure their operating system is clean?

    Are Windows users so frigging dumb as not to insist on a product that works reliably all the time without user intervention?

    I think I answered my own question.

  3. Alex, take a deep breath, man, and relax a bit!

    A brief lesson in philosophy:

    It is a given fact that one can say he is ALIVE until he is DEAD. The fact that he will eventually BE dead does not–and should not–diminish the fact that he is alive at the present moment.

    Yes, OS X probably will suffer the fate that Windoze users operate under each and every day of their lives with an occasional virus or two, but that DOES NOT AND SHOULD NOT diminish the fact that right here and right now . . .



  4. This is deceptive advertising at its most subtle. No PC vendor in the world makes a machine as beautfiul as a MacBook or MacBook Pro. Microsoft dreams that its box vendors had folks design machines like this for their unstable and unsecure OS…..

  5. This is stock imagery, folks. Corbis or Getty. They almost always use Apple laptops because they have the cleanest look. Rarely will stock photography from major image banks feature a PC laptop.

    MS, like other huge companies, hires marketing/PR/advertising agencies to build their customer-facing campaigns. The client (MS, in this case) spends as little money as possible on print and web advertising, and they refuse to commission photography. Stock imagery is the alternative. As long as the image meets certain criteria for the look/feel of the campaign (clean, neutral in style, culterally diverse), it’s a go.

    Intel, Bank of America, and many others use very similar imagery — nearly all feature Apple laptops because of their nondescript look.

  6. How would you really know that your system is actually clean? After all, the company who can’t deal with all the worms, viruses, and mal-ware in the operating system they sell you, is the same one developing the software to supposedly detect and remove said pests. Hmmm

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