On Sat, 2003-07-19 at 07:17, Peter Evans wrote:
We read that in Windows:
Running without anti-virus tools is suicide
if you use that virus spreader called Outlook (lookout).
I was using MS-DOS and Windows from 1991 until about one month ago. I
never used an anti-virus tool to check a Windows program, I never used
an anti-virus daemon, I routinely downloaded stuff from the net, and I
was never affected by any malicious software.
Yes, you can do pretty well without an anti-virus package on Windows,
especially with a machine that is on a dialup connection, where your
only major point of infection is your e-mail.
In a LAN you have a different problem, because your machine is
permanently connected to other machines and they share drives and
printers, etc. This is a typical office network setup.
Then your chances of getting infected is higher.
I recently set up a WinNT box to test an application. I did not even
install Outlook etc. I only had to use a few network shares to install
and setup the application.
30 minutes later, all binaries on the machine was infected with the
funlove virus. I had to trash the machine, re-install windows and first
install and anti-virus package.
My desktop workstation has been running Linux for 8 months on that LAN
without me even worrying about a virus. I have NFS and SAMBA shares all
over the place.
The thing is that I got so used to not worry about a virus, or file
extensions or payloads in mail, that I never even thought of using
anti-virus software when I set up the NT box.
The fact that by using Linux, I don't have to go and inspect the file
extensions of every mail attachment I get, makes it worth using Linux.
When I used Windows, I was up to date with the latest virus information.
How they are distributed, what they look like. I did not dare open a
mail before I checked what attachments came with it. It is a waste of
time. (Even if you do have an anti-virus package, you need to be
With Linux, I can read my mail without worrying about the attachments
because my mail client does not open any attachments that is not plain
Even if I open the attachment, it would have no effect.
Why should I be walking on eggs when I can be running on rock?
I think using Windows without an anti-virus package is tempting fate.
You can be lucky, until some script kiddie hits your box while you are
Bottom line is that for an office/corporate network, it is just suicide
to run Windows without anti-virus software.
Home users can still get away with it, but not in a business.
Andre Truter Software Engineer Registered Linux user #185282
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