To all users:
I would like to apologise for recent articles I've been writing here and elsewhere about how Windows users can have a completely virus-proof computer if they just have a properly configured firewall and don't do anything risky online.
At the time, I believed that Windows could be run without any anti-virus or anti-spyware software and be safe as long as no shady websites were visited or risky programs downloaded. My intention was to save Windows users some money and help their computers to run faster without anti-virus and anti-spyware software.
Tonight, my misconception was blown clear out of the water. My father's Windows computer (formerly mine) was infected with spyware despite two firewalls and no risky behaviour. The only websites he visited were sites about trams, visited using Firefox. He doesn't recieve executable attachments nor download any programs from online. He knows what risky internet behaviour is, and even before I looked at his Firefox history I knew that he wouldn't do anything dumb online.
Yet, the fact remains: Windows *still* got owned by spyware, even though I can't figure out for the life of me how the spyware got in.
Therefore, my initial articles are completely incorrect; every Internet-connected Windows computer is unsafe without anti-virus and anti-spyware software, no matter if all ports are blocked by a firewall or two, no matter if the user only visits Flickr and a Yahoo Group about model trams.
I apologise unreservedly if I have mislead anybody into dropping their internet security software, and I especially apologise if the users who had followed my advice are now struggling with infections. I must plead ignorance as I mostly use Linux and I never really took any notice of malware. As a result I didn't know it could get into a Windows computer through seemingly no means at all.
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