Thursday, October 01, 2009

Microsoft’s free antivirus program changes game - The Boston Globe

Definitely a game-changer

Still, some protection is better than none. Microsoft reckons that about 60 percent of home computer users are defenseless against malware. Some do not know they need protection; others don’t know how to get it; still others are put off by the expense, which can run $60 or $70 a year. Unprotected computers put the rest of us at risk, because many are saturated with zombie programs, which let bad guys seize control of them and bombard the rest of us with spam e-mails and malware attacks. Some tainted computers even pump out ads for fake antivirus programs. Install one, and you have turned your own computer into a zombie.

To get enough people to use antimalware software, there must be a product that is free and simple, and comes from a reputable source. And here it is.

Microsoft’s free antivirus program changes game - The Boston Globe

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