Gates: Microsoft to offer anti-spyware

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  1. edesignuk Moderator emeritus

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    heh, funny, my boss has just asked me to start looking in to managed spyware/adware/malware removal tools for our 3500+ London systems :rolleyes: It's gonna be expensive! But it'll be worth it for the time it will save us manually running scans on systems all the time...bloody users.
     
  2. Doctor Q Administrator

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    Has he ever admitted this (getting malware himself) before?
     
  3. Apple Hobo macrumors 6502a

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    Billy Boy probably got some pr0n dialer that trashed his PC when he was surfing some naughty sites. :p Or maybe he's just saying that so he wont have to admit to using a Mac at home. ;)
     
  4. wdlove macrumors P6

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    This comment by Gates is also interesting.

    "People hate changing their password," Gates said. "They pick very guessable passwords."

    The industry will have to move to smart cards or some kind of biometric recognition for authentication.

    "It will take five or six years," he said. "There's no doubt that has to come."

    I have seen stories before, as long as you don't forget the main password.
     
  5. Mechcozmo macrumors 603

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    Microsoft to offer anti-spyware...so that they and others can more easily spy on you!
     
  6. solvs macrumors 603

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    Trust the company that causes these things to be able to happen with help to remove what shouldn't be able to be there in the first place? :rolleyes: Yeah, right.

    I use Ad-aware, SpyBlaster, and SpyBot S&D on my PC, as well as Norton Systemworks (with Anti-Virus 2004) and Zone Alarm's Pro firewall with a cookie blocker. I don't d/l porn or shareware, or look for serials/cracks. I still get spyware and tracker cookies. Though it's not as bad as it was. Or as bad as my last job. We could get the viruses and spyware, but as Users instead of Administrators, couldn't install anything to stop or remove it.

    On my Mac, I've never had anything. Haven't even gotten many pop-ups.
     
  7. wowser macrumors 6502a

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    they should have integrated it into Longhorn, unless it would be too late.
     
  8. Chaszmyr macrumors 601

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    That may delay the release of Longhorn until 2009 :p
     
  9. wowser macrumors 6502a

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    hehe. harsh ;)

    I think LOnghorn is looking lovely, actually.
     
  10. Stelliform macrumors 68000

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    From the title of the article, I thought M$ was going to start selling Linux and OS X. ;)
     
  11. Mechcozmo macrumors 603

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    Funniest thing I've heard in a while...but how do you sell Linux? Its free!
     
  12. Macs R Us macrumors 6502

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    Big Bill (Bill Gates) should just tell everone to get a Mac and not worry about that stuff:)... It would be funny if he did.
     
  13. solvs macrumors 603

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    This is M$ we're talking about, they'd find a way.
     
  14. BornAgainMac macrumors 603

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    I bet that Bill has a powerbook and likes it.
     
  15. virividox macrumors 601

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    i wonder how much this new feuture will require more patches
     
  16. toughboy macrumors 6502a

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    I bet he has a 17" and he uses airport express to send mails to the staff ;) :D:D:D
     
  17. Fukui macrumors 68000

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    Bill Gates is a funny man... he even makes more money off of the defects in his products!! He must have been a car repairman in a previous life...
     
  18. rainman::|:| macrumors 603

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    Key points about MS's anti-spyware:

    1. it won't actually detect spyware,
    2. it will send your data to MS.
    3. it'll probably create 47 new security exploits

    just wait and see :D

    paul
     
  19. munkle macrumors 68030

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    The guys got chutzpah if he's going to start charging for effectively fixing a defective product. If it's succesful imagine all the 'upgrades' that Microsoft could offer for future OS's...you dont' want the blue screen of death, pay $50, what you actually want WinFS, well that'll set you back at least another $200 on top of your Longhorn fee and we'll ship it in a couple of years...maybe. :p
     
  20. amyhre macrumors member

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    Bill Gates is a good guy? What has he done good, aside from creating charities on ill-gained moolah? The guy sell buggy, exploitable operating systems that are bundled on cheap excuses for computers. And for some reason people have the gall to believe that this makes him a good guy, computers for the masses. What a philanthropist!
     
  21. Mechcozmo macrumors 603

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    You forgot number 4. It would only allow you to accsess sites that were "certified" by MS.
    And it would be catagorised as spyware itself, yknow.
     
  22. BornAgainMac macrumors 603

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    Clippy

    I wish the only software that was availabe for Windows was Anti-Virus utilities, firewalls, boot managers, Norton Utilities, Drive Image, Partition Magic, Clean sweep, spyware removal, service pack manager, a VBA macro tool with Virus wizards and Clippy for users to build their own Windows viruses, Solitaire, MS Paint, Notepad, and Internet Explorer.

    All other applications were magically ported to the Mac.
     
  23. srobert macrumors 68020

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    So now Microsoft offers the complete solution ^_^

    Spy-ware AND Anti-Spy-ware.

    Can't say they aren't thorough.
     

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