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Microsoft to ban sick PCs?

A senior Microsoft researcher has this week been arguing that PCs infected with a virus should be blocked from the internet.

Scott Charney, the corporate vice president for Microsoft’s Trustworthy Computing, wrote in a blog post that infected computers should be temporarily banned from the internet until they have been cleaned.

The proposal is intended to tackle botnets and prevent malware from spreading across the internet.

Charney writes: “Just as when an individual who is not vaccinated puts others’ health at risk, computers that are not protected or have been compromised with a botnet put others at risk and pose a greater threat to society.”

At UKFast we are more than a little familiar with the importance of security, as is no doubt clear from our numerous blogs on the subject.

However, the question has to be asked, why don’t Microsoft aim to ensure the resilience of PCs rather than simply banning those that fall victim to malware?

As the leading software giant for PCs globally, Microsoft are in an incredibly valuable position to increase security across their wide-reaching market.

Many have fallen victim to a computer virus at one time or another and therefore the focus that Microsoft is placing upon banishing those infected rather than assisting them, is leaving a bitter taste in the mouth of many critics.

Surely, the principles behind tracking, isolating and quarantining contaminated computers could be applied to locating and fixing infected hardware?

I look forward to hearing your thoughts on this subject.

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