Quote: Originally Posted by Duke of Alinor
Quote: Originally Posted by KremmenUK
The main fight against responsiveness will be partially thwarted by the ever increasing PC threats and the requirement for the AV packages to be constantly on-guard against this ever increasing problem.
I've often considered unplugging the router and disabling my NIS2010 and Spyware Doctor just to see how much faster it would run.
I have decades with secure OS's. Windows vulnerabilities are just that, Windows vulnerabilities. OS's can be made virtually virus proof and run stable for years. Microsoft has set their balance on the feature side of feature vs security.
Secure OS's run with instant response on 486 class machines. You can run things like Quake or WoW, but the installs are far from automatic. What is killing our response is ease of use and install, which makes easy prey for hacking.
Look up some of the NRC certified OS for running nuclear plants.
That is not completely true. If a user, with sufficient credentials, allows a trojan horse to run, even the most secure OS in the world will become infected. Now, by locking down said OS to the point the the User is restricted to performing only a fixed set of instructions, then viritually any OS can be made secure (if it has some form of filed-based access token control).
The problem here is that Windows is on almost 95% of the world's home desktop PCs. The typical user barely understands the basics of computer architecture. How do you expect them to operate such a locked down, fortified OS? MS, more than any other OS vendor has the most difficult job in trying to provide an OS that runs basically on an infinite spread of hardware combinations, has ease of use for the most computer-illiterate population, and is "somewhat" secure.
This is not to say that they haven't made stupid errors. Windows NT should have defaulted to a simple user login and only elevated to Admin ala sudo in *nix. At that point software would have begun the tradition of being written to operate properly in a User only environment. I'm sure others can point out other errors in MS decisions, but don't forget the scale that they operate in and the relative stupidity of the average user.