Sophos, a world leader in corporate anti-virus protection, is
urging computer users not to treat Windows XP as a way of leaving
the current virus threat behind.
"The fact that there are no XP-specific viruses in the wild
seems to be leading people to the incorrect assumption that XP will
render them immune to virus attack, at least for a while," warns
Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant at Sophos Anti-Virus.
"Viruses don't just target specific operating systems - they infect
them all. Users shouldn't be lulled into a false sense of security
by treating Windows XP as some kind of implicit anti-virus
Cluley adds that although XP-specific viruses are inevitable,
this is not really Microsoft's fault. Viruses exist for a wide
range of platforms, including Macintosh, Unix, OS/2 and even IBM
mainframes. Vulnerability to viruses is a natural side-effect of an
operating system which is useable in the real world.
"Virus writers seem to have got off lightly in the past, with
Microsoft copping a lot of the blame on their behalf. This is like
blaming bricklayers for the graffiti which gets sprayed all over
the walls they build," continued Cluley.
The latest version of Sophos Anti-Virus works with Windows XP,
and is available for download from here.