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Microsoft Lashes Back at Sophos

09 November, 2009
Management at Microsoft are fuming over last week's blog post by Sophos claiming that Windows 7 had vulnerabilities relating to 8 out of 10 common viruses
Microsoft is claiming that Sophos has stooped to "scare 'em and they'll fall in line" tactics by claiming high vulnerability levels on Windows 7.

A Microsoft spokesman denounced the test as meaningless since no test methodology was published and no mention was made of how the viruses were installed on the machine. He went on to say that with a default copy of the latest MS operating system with no anti-virus software installed, it would be possible to manually install viruses and watch them run.

In an interview with OS News, a representative of the Redmond company said that anti-virus software should be running on any computer regardless of what operating system is used.

He also pointed out that if the built-in protection software of IE 8 was disabled, there is the possibility of manually downloading viruses on Windows 7
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