"Finally, Macs are much safer than Windows PCs on networks and the Internet. This last advantage is more important now than ever before, with virus counts in the millions and spyware literally sprouting out of every corner of the Web. These are important advantages, but only the third one, the issue of safety, could be considered a deal-breaker. In the many weeks that I used my Windows 7 laptop for daily computing tasks, I was very much aware of the dangers lurking on the Internet. I tried three or four different antivirus and spyware-detection suites, but still lost all connectivity when a virus knocked out my PC’s networking. I had to reinstall Windows 7 from scratch. This simply doesn’t happen on a Mac. As attractive as Windows 7 is, it remains in Apple’s shadow in the crucial area of Internet safety."
Loc: Hampstead, MD, USA
Originally Posted By: DLC
I tried three or four different antivirus and spyware-detection suites, but still lost all connectivity when a virus knocked out my PC’s networking. I had to reinstall Windows 7 from scratch.
Is that what happened, or should we read as: "I'm a complete total toolbag and installed an anti-virus package that was not designed for, certified for or tested to run on Windows 7, which consequently screwed with my networking and I'm too stupid to figure out how to fix it so I'll just say a virus screwed up my system and reinstall the whole thing like a moron."
I run Vista with no malware/antivirus (biggest wastes of money you can buy), UAC on default (yes folks you really should leave it on!), firewall on default and have yet to ever experience malware or virus of any kind, despite the machine being connected to the internet nearly 24/7/365. The second comment poster seems to be right on the money. I'm tempted to believe the guy turned off his networking and didn't know how to turn it back on.
I've also yet to really ever have to reinstall an OS, I'm not sure how it's even possible to screw a system up so much that you need to. Unless you're an MCSE that is, then you don't know how to fix anything.
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Sarge... well you must be damm good, I know numerous people who've reinstalled Windows (2000, XP, Vista) from scratch.. Not saying all do, but there are many.. it's not very rare. Your situation is rare.
Who knows what caused the problem... point is he admitted one... if a Tech reviewer can have these problems, what does "average PC Joe" experience ? I'm just asking.
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