Viruses: a reason to switch?

I woke up one morning to find something a bit disconcerting. My computer was working at 100% CPU. I ignored this for a while, and went about my daily business. I checked Facebook, Twitter, E-mail, and Google Wave. It wasn’t until afterword that I noticed how long it took me to do all of that because of the outrageous time. I then decided to go to the little up arrow in my notification area and check my protection status. To my surprise, my virus software, Microsoft Security Essentials, was not running. I started it and ran a scan, and it found one virus: a Trojan Downloader. The next day, my computer was still running at 100%, and it was a bit slower than usual, so I ran another scan, and it found another three viruses, all Trojan Downloaders, yet I was still not satisfied because my CPU was still running at 100%. I finally did another two scans, and found four more viruses. It is really quite disturbing to know that I can run my computer without security software and not even realize it. My computer is now clean of all viruses, and my Mac user friends are still laughing at me. I’m now questioning whether or not viruses on a PC is a liable reason to switch. When I had Norton 360, I never had a problem with viruses, but now that I’m using Security Essentials, I get eight viruses in three days. This brings to mind what actually (in my head) makes a PC better than a Mac, and if that is enough to outweigh the fact that it can get viruses.

Microsoft worked on not only making Windows 7 “prettier,” but also more mentally pleasing. There are certain tweaks that actually make the computer more psychologically comfortable to use. One of these is the glow following your cursor when you hover over an open program on the taskbar. It seems like that doesn’t really have an effect on your judgment of the system, yet subconsciously it may. It is minor tweaks like this that make me prefer a PC over a Mac. Mac users have nice big open ideas, however small tweaks add up. Just yesterday, one of my Mac user friends asked me, “Can you explain ten ways Windows has changed since Windows 95?” Of course I could. I even limited myself to only Windows 7 features. I guess this may be “too subtle” of a change for a Mac user. Those quotes are referring to a comment on a previous article on how the little dots under open programs on a Mac dock are too subtle for a PC user to notice. As I said in that article, my first impression was, “Wow this is hideous,” so maybe those minor tweaks have drawn me closer to Windows.

I also like how you can do everything on a PC that you can do on a Mac, and more. This is something that is highly debated, however TO ANYONE OUT THERE: Try me. I’ll show you how it’s done. You can either do it right out of the box, or you can go to the internet, where there are millions (possibly billions) of programs for a PC that aren’t available for Mac.

One of the things that has always bothered me about Microsoft is how they don’t have their own free virus software. Well, now they do. It’s known as Microsoft Security Essentials, and can be obtained free at http://www.microsoft.com/Security_Essentials/. How’s that for taking responsibility for a known issue.

So, as you can see, I am not deterred from a PC just by a simple virus, and I’m almost positive it won’t happen again. It was just a minor settings issue. I accidentally set my virus software to not run when I start my PC. But other than this small mishap, there is absolutely nothing that would make me not recommend this OS to a friend. Long live PC!

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~ by pcprefer on December 12, 2009.

7 Responses to “Viruses: a reason to switch?”

  1. For the record I use Windows (XP & Vista) and OS X. And while humorous I did find several errors in your post.

    First, if a Mac user is using Boot Camp to run Windows they are not virtualizing it like you would suggest. They are running Windows as a native OS on their Apple hardware so it would run as well on their Mac as it would on a similarly configured PC… no slower / no faster. Now if they are taking advantage of VMWare Fusion or Parallels or some other virtualization software then of course there is going to be a hit in performance but it’s still very useable for application type software (IE: Not games).

    Second, what way are OS X users limited in what they can do? Now to give you a bit more background on myself I’ve been using a computer since the days of the Atari 800. I’ve been through DOS 5.0+ and from Windows 3.11 for Workgroups on up. I’ve dabbled in Linux and I’ve been using OS X as my primary OS since October of this year. I’ve build custom PCs from the ground up (Professionally and personally) that would make an Alienware look sick in comparison… I’m an A+ Certified Technician, have been HP and Compaq certified in the past and I’m sure I could pass the Microsoft tests if I had to take them… I’m not your average user. That said there is very little that I have to switch back to the PC for. Really I use it for managing users on my Windows Home Server and downloading from the newsgroups while using the Mac for other more productive things…

    Third, what are you talking about here “But, aside from performance in a virtual machine, you get a very basic system, without a lot of the features with which Windows ships.” I’m really starting to think you’ve never even used an OS X machine because if you had you would know that it ships with a full suite of useful applications (Currently iLife 09)! Unlike any Windows machine that I’ve ever built (Which was just the bare OS) or purchased. At least the built machines didn’t come with all of the crapware that HP, Dell, and who ever else you want to name puts on there machines that I just have to uninstall anyway.

    I’m wondering what features Windows ships with that OS X doesn’t… I’m REALLY scratching my head on that statement. How about the other way around? For starters how about a Windows version of Time Machine? Automatic backups of all changed files every hour to an external drive or network connection and the ability to pluck single files from Time Machine basically at will is a pretty AWESOME OS X feature that Microsoft has yet to copy.

    I’m sure there are other things, but other than the iLife ’09 “suite” that’s the biggest one I can think of off the top of my head right now.

    Finally, eight virii in three days? Are you going for a record? I don’t think I’ve had eight virii on my Windows machines collectively in three years… probably longer.

    In closing, maybe you should learn a bit more about OS X or maybe use it for a while to get a feel for it before you start making broad statements that could be untrue. If you want some help let me know.

    • I was actually talking about Windows having a very basic when installed in a VM. I did take out that part about Bootcamp, because I didn’t actually mean to mention the name “bootcamp”…. oops 😀 well, First of all, Mac doesn’t mention that you can get the computer without iLife for a lot less money. Windows Live is a wonderful suite of applications to get for a PC that work just as well. Also, you can’t deny that there are thousands of third party applications that you can download that won’t work on a Mac.

  2. I don’t have a problem with people preferring a PC although there was one tiny thing you are wrong on.. Bootcamp is not virtualized windows. It’s full blown windows running on Apple hardware. It’s not slow in that mode but nothing I recommend to people as if you bought a Mac it seems silly to boot it into windows.

  3. […] https://pcprefer.wordpress.com/2009/12/12/viruses-a-reason-to-switch/ […]

  4. Apple hire’s people to create and spread PC virus’s.

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