Not really, because I don't care that IE is made by Microsoft, that has nothing to do with it. I don't really know why you feel the need to label me an anti-Microsoft person with an agenda when all I did was point out a simple fact. If it were Mozilla Firefox that was the world record holder for most insecure program in the history of computing, then I'd be telling people to stay away from it.
I'm withholding judgment on IE8, since it's only in beta testing, but IE6 was a complete and total security disaster, you can't deny that. IE7 is an improvement, but it's still far too easy to pick up unwanted hitchhikers without meaning to. IE7 with Vista's "protected mode" is slightly better still, but things like Antivirus XP 2008 still walk right past it.
I'm not dealing in agendas here, I'm dealing in facts, and the facts are that IE is the primary target for malware attacks. If I had some anti-Microsoft agenda, I'd be pushing a specific alternative, not telling people to take their pick between options like Firefox, Flock, Seamonkey, Opera, and Safari. I prefer Firefox myself, but other people can use whatever they like best. If and when Microsoft manages to properly sandbox ActiveX to curtail the malware problem, I'll stop telling people to avoid using it. I don't see that day coming any time soon, but I I do acknowledge the possibility of IE8 finally bringing an end to a rather sorry chapter in the life of IE, however remote that possibility is.
In any case, do you not see the problem with what you're saying? You're already assuming that you're going to get malware with IE, otherwise why would you need a small fleet of programs that do nothing more than clean up the mess IE creates? Doesn't the better solution seem to be to avoid using the problematic program so you don't NEED all those programs? You can eliminate like 4-6 spyware removers from the list just by not using IE. I prefer to be proactive rather than reactive. Rather than cleaning up some giant mess, I just prefer to prevent the mess from occurring in the first place, but that's just me. Maybe you enjoy having your system trashed every now and again, or it makes you feel extra important somehow because you have 5-6 malware removers and you can impress the technically challenged by talking about it. Whatever the case, I would much rather spend time doing something enjoyable with my computer, not spending huge amounts of time on basic maintenance. So if that means "bashing" IE and being "an anti-Microsoft person with an agenda" then I guess I'm guilty as charged.
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