Microsoft's Solution to Spyware Problem: Reformat

by Preston Gralla

Microsoft has been making much of its newfound focus on security, but a top Microsoft official now says spyware has become so insidious that businesses need to invest in a new solution -- tools to automatically reformat hard disks and reinstall Windows.

13 Comments

Tim
2006-04-05 05:05:58
They are half right. Wipe the system and install Linux.
Matt
2006-04-05 09:44:30
Agreed Tim! My only hope is that FS2004 is ported to Linux sometime in the future. The only reason I keep Windows around :(
crystalattice
2006-04-05 11:25:13
Isn't a reformat for Windows considered a normal operating procedure for preventive maintenance? I recall having to reformat every 6-8 months due to registry corruption, orphaned files, etc.


It is crap that MS is saying they can't make their OS secure enough to keep out spyware. Maybe if they didn't try to keep some much backward compatibility in the OS. Apple figured that out when they created OS X.

Steve
2006-04-05 11:36:31
Besides the point that Microsoft is simply admiting that protecting their own OS is hopeless for any extended period of time, their idea of 'protection' coincides perfectly with the idea that Windows XP only has so many installations per disc before you are required to get a new copy/code.


It almost reafirms all your college conspiracy-theory ideas of "The Man".

Patrick
2006-04-07 15:31:23
All you Linux and MAC folks ought to be thankful that Windows is such a big target as it gives hackers and malicious code writers little reason to target your favored OSes. In fact, I am happy that Microsoft is a target as it ensures I will have a job for years to come!


Cheers.

Patrick
2006-04-07 15:38:28
Hey, anyone build their own MAC from scratch lately? I am having a hard time finding a motherboard...
Patrick
2006-04-07 15:44:07
Hey! Why is it that MAC folks are trying to get Windows running on an Intel MAC but you never hear about Intel folks trying to get OS X running on their machines? Huh, weird... Anyone get Linux running on one of those Intel MACs yet?
Jim
2006-04-07 20:58:06
The problem isn't with Microsoft. It is with the 300 million people using the operating sytem that don't keep the patches and antivirus definitions up to date and then go to all the porno/software hacking/MP3 downloading sites with abandon while answering every phishing/free laptop/free xbox360 ad sent to them. Heck, if Microsoft only had 12 users like MAC or 48 users like *nix their job would be easy too. The fact is that Windows runs on almost anything with drivers for almost anything (even a MAC!!!). How many platforms run OS X and how often do you Linux users have to go without equipment or software because nobody has gotten around to making it work with Linux? For all its flaws. I vote for Windows. And no, I don't get registry corruption or orphaned files. For all the problems I deal with, 85% are user related (errors or operational knowledge), 10% are hardware related and MAYBE 5% are software related (and not necessarily Windows). MAC users rejoice. WELCOME TO WINDOWS!
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Carla Schroder
2006-11-30 18:47:07
Let me extend a hearty thank-you to the millions of Windows-powered botnets that are pummeling these forums with megabytes of the most pointless spam you ever saw.