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Message 1312771 - Posted: 8 Dec 2012, 23:43:46 UTC - in response to Message 1305620.  

And the manufacturer of Windows also sells "anti virus" products and 'after-care' security updates and support to patch over the security holes in the original product...

Microsoft Security Essentials is free and so are all security updates. I am assuming you mean something else?

Yes, the 'paid for' 'enhancements'...

Are you reassured by a non-purchased closed product that is carefully named "Essentials" suggesting that you should be 'upgrading' to something a 'little more substantial'?

This just had to happen:

Microsoft Security Essentials fails AV-Test


Trying to lasso a bolted horse after it is well clear of the stable door is never going to work 100% of the time... Far better is to fix the problem at source...

Also note the corporate costs for those companies and organizations trapped in expensive lock-in on older systems whereby support is only available if paid for...

But still, so many years down the line, why do we still have such a malware problem requiring 3rd-party 'band-aid' fixes? As any good doctor would advise: It is far better to cure an ailment at source rather than merely treat the symptoms. (Unless perhaps that is you are talking placebo or alternatively palliative care...)

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Message 1312889 - Posted: 9 Dec 2012, 4:05:13 UTC

I just did a completely clean install of a Windows 8 Pro full-pack.

It won't activate.

Office Depot purchase yesterday.

Gotta call during business hours to figure-out what the hell's wrong.

I love freakin' Microsoft.

You know, I sort-of made fun of everyone saving $100 by going to Linux. My comment was something like, "I'd rather get something done than fool with all the weirdness."

You know what?

I'm beginning to think that there is no weirdness too weird to avoid this kind of crap.
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