Vista needs no anti-virus, says Allchin

JIM ALLCHIN, outgoing co-President of the Platform Products and Services Group at Microsoft, has suggested that Windows Vista is so secure it may not need an antivirus system.

The claim, which is sure to please antivirus vendors worldwide, was made on Wednesday as part of a telephone conversation with reporters to discuss the merits of the new operating system’s security measures.

Citing such features as Patchguard and ASLR (Address Space Layout Randomisation, which loads the system kernel differently on each Vista machine) he said, “My son, seven years old, runs Windows Vista, and, honestly, he doesn’t have an antivirus system on his machine.

“His machine is locked down with parental controls, he can’t download things unless it’s to the places that I’ve said that he could do, and I’m feeling totally confident about that,”

He added: “Vista is something that will have issues in security, because the bar is being raised over time. But in my opinion, it is the most secure system that’s available”.

He neglected to mention if he was referring to the 32-bit or 64-bit version of Vista.

News source: THEINQUIRER


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