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Re: And now, from the Nice people? Re: Group thoughts on: Anti-virus tools

On Mon, 11 Mar 2019 11:45:28 -0400
Stefan Monnier <monnier@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> > I think the premises of your syllogism might lead some to another
> > conclusion---that the livelihood of the AV software houses depends
> > upon the innate insecurity of the Windows OS.  
> Hmm... they don't actually need that: they only need people to
> think that they're vulnerable (regardless if their Windows is actually
> secure or not, and regardless is Windows is more or less secure than
> other OSes).
> But yes, this is made easier if Windows is actually insecure.

To a large extent, it is Windows users who are insecure. Even today (or
at least, three months ago) the first-time user of Windows 10 is set up
as an administrator, and no advice is offered about changing this. 

I used to help out on Windows Small Business Server newsgroup, where
many administrators/installers admitted to making all their users
administrators to reduce service calls... it was actually *necessary*
for the user of MS Office to be an administrator for the first run of
each of the components (not just the installation), or else various
files and permissions didn't get written correctly.