Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Is Windows a virus?



No, Windows is not a virus. Here's what
viruses do:


1) They replicate quickly -- Okay, Windows does that.


2) Viruses use up valuable system resources, slowing
down the system as they
do so -- Okay, Windows does that.


3) Viruses will, from time to time, trash your hard
disk -- Okay, Windows does
that, too


4) Viruses are usually carried, unknown to the user, along with
valuable
programs and systems -- Sigh... Windows does that, too


5) Viruses will occasionally make the user suspect
their system is too slow (see 2) and the user will buy new hardware -- Yup,
that's with
Windows, too




Until now it seems Windows is a virus but there
are fundamental differences:


Viruses are well supported by their authors, are running on
most systems, their
program code is fast, compact and efficient and they tend to become
more
sophisticated as they mature.




So, Windows is not a virus!



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