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Is Windows a virus itself?

October 26, 2010

Like all of you receive forward mail from friends, even I do get some. Recently I received a really interesting mail about Windows from Karthik R., my fellow batchmate in B.Tech. CSE.

Is Windows a virus?

No, Windows is not a virus. Here’s what viruses do:

  • They replicate quickly. Okay, Windows does that.
  • Viruses use up valuable system resources, slowing down the system as they do so. Okay, Windows does that.
  • Viruses will, from time to time, trash your hard disk. Okay, Windows does that, too.
  • Viruses are usually carried, unknown to the user, along with valuable programs and systems. Sigh… Windows does that, too.
  • Viruses will occasionally make the user suspect their system is too slow (see 2) and the user will buy new hardware Yup, that’s with Windows, too

Until now it seems Windows is a virus but there are fundamental differences: Viruses are well supported by their authors, are running on most systems, their program code is fast, compact and efficient and they tend to become more sophisticated as they mature

So, Windows is not a virus, it’s a bug.

Its not that being a FOSS enthusiast, I hate or discourage the use of Windows. Its just simply because of these reasons that make me feel so. We are paying several hundreds of rupees to get such a product that is just a so called ‘stable’ release which is filled with bugs. I don’t just understand the reason why people do like using Windows. !!!

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4 Comments
  1. sajeer fazil permalink

    I can give you an example: Somebody gifted you a book for free. And you bought a book by paying a reasonable amount. You prefer reading the latter 🙂

    • Amarnath permalink

      That may not be true. Books are for sharing and so it does not matter how you get the book, all it matters is the content and the quality. Also you would not prefer to buy a book with lot of spelling mistakes and grammatical errors but go for a free one which gives you much better reading experience.

  2. Jinto permalink

    Nice one 🙂 . explained in a simple way.. thanks dude for sharing the idea. and I am really with you in the “book example”

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