Microsoft's co-president says Windows Vista doesn't need antivirus

Posted on Friday, Nov 10 2006 @ 21:54 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
Microsoft's co-president Jim Allchin claims Windows Vista's security system is so great that you won't need an antivirus program to protect your computer against viruses.

Allchin told a computer Windows Vista's lockdown features are so advanced and thorough that he's comfortable with his own 7-year old son using the PC without antivirus software installed.
Allchin's statement came in response to a question about his relative level of confidence that Vista would be more secure than Windows XP SP2. In response, he noted there were key security features added to Vista which could not be added to Windows XP SP2 even though, he said, his people apparently tried to do so.

Two such features -- namely Vista's new parental controls, and Address Space Layout Randomization (ASLR), which renders the object code of the system kernel in memory differently each time to thwart the designs of malicious code -- render his son's Vista machine comfortable enough for him to use, even though production-quality anti-virus software for the unit has yet to be completed.

"I would say that Windows XP SP2 did an amazing job, and I'm proud of what we did there. But you have to understand, we learned a lot during Windows XP SP2, and there were things that we couldn't put in that product," explained Allchin.
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