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Windows Update via Virus Technology

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    cjkask

    With viruses competing with each other, exploiting holes created by other viruses and replacing competing viruses with their own viruses, I thought that maybe Microsoft should create a virus division where they would create their own viruses that would exploit the holes created by other viruses, remove the viruses and patch the security breach.

    It may be the only way some people would actually get their windows patches installed.

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    Jeremy W

    I'd actually brainstormed something similar. The problem is the legal one. Even if Microsoft is taking advantage of unplugged things, they are still doing unauthorized activity on a PC. If the privacy people don't like GMail, imagine what would happen with this Wink

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    reilly

    The problem is that it's been tried and it doesn't work:
    http://www.theregister.co.uk/2004/02/12/nachi_variant_wipes_mydoom/

    The "fix" causes as much damage as any other worm.

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    cjkask

    The article shows that it actually does work. That particular virus was just too aggressive. The original virus wasn't as aggressive and went unnoticed. A virus of the anti-virus type would also only scan for a short period of time and then remove itself while leaving the patches in place.

    As far as legality, if someone breaks into your home, the authorities are allowed to enter your home in order to stop the break-in. The actual question is whether Microsoft is that authority or should it be part of a government agency such as the police.

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    Jeremy W

    Sure, the authorities can come in, but they can't move the door, replace the lock and close the chimney. Wink

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