Microsoft: Windows Vista still Requires Antivrus


Written on 9:51 AM by Sarthak K

Windows Vista does require antivirus software after all, Windows chief Jim Allchin wrote on a company blog (

“I want to be clear, most users will use some form of antivirus software, and that will be appropriate for their scenarios,”
Allchin wrote.

The co-president of platform and services responded to media reports recently that quoted him as saying that the forthcoming operating system didn’t need any antivirus software because of it’s enhanced security. Allchin countered that the remarks were taken out of context.

“I made a comment about how attacks on the Internet are getting more and more sophisticated, and some of the security features in Windows Vista really help our customers. This somehow morphed into people thinking I said customers shouldn’t use antivirus software with Windows Vista.”

The intended point, said Allchin, was that in certain situations, Vista would provide much better security for users.

The initial reports stemmed from a comment Allchin made during a conference call recently, when the company announced that Windows Vista had been released to manufacturing and would be launched on 30 January.

“Even if there is a remote exploit on one machine, and a worm tries to jump from one machine to another, the probability of that actually succeeding is very small. My seven year-old runs Windows Vista and, honestly, he doesn’t have an antivirus system on his machine,” Allchin was quoted as saying.

Allston was talking about his home computer, on which his seven-year-old son runs a Vista machine without antivirus software.

Allchin also said that the machine used strict parental controls that limited access. Allchin recommends that users do have antivirus software on their Vista machines, and that the example he listed was an extreme and very specific situation.

Source: Computer Active

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  1. Zyphersurfer |

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  2. Sarthak K |

    Alright Shashank. I'l let me know whenevr your services are required.

    Thanks for the buzz!


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