Thursday, October 7, 2010

If your computer is infected should it be unplugged from the internet?

Microsoft has a team called "trustworthy computing".  The head of that team, Scott Charney, has a recent post on Microsoft's blog: 

"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 bot put others at risk and pose a greater threat to society."
On the surface, this makes sense.  In practice, this may be a challenge.

Open questions:
If your machine is driven off the internet, you do not have access to the tools you need to clean it.

Someone or some technology obviously makes the call on the "infection".  Do we wall off everyone with annoying spyware or only bots, viruses, trojans, and malware we know?

Obviously if the current anti virus and anti malware software packages let the infection flow through, how would we catch it?

The bulk of the world's infected computers are in China and South Korea but the U.S and Europe have a great share too.


"Microsoft: virus-infected computers should be quarantined", Josh Halliday,, October 7, 2010.

Microsoft Company Blog post.

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