, W3bbo wrote

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what I'd like Microsoft (or anyone) to make, is a program that inspects a HDD and ensures the boot path from the boot sector to loading the desktop is free of contamination - which means you can safely boot it up and run a manual scan at your leisure knowing your system isn't compromised in a way that betrays your trust in it.

And how would you do that? There are so many points that you can plug into legitimately, and of course a myriad of software that does it, which has updates.

Or of course you can take the trusted boot option, but then, well, you get a lot of complaints that Microsoft is trying to control your software so only Microsoft sourced programs will run.