Intel CEO Paul Otellini has told consumers: "buy a Mac if you want to avoid security risks".

The Wall Street Journal claims that the statement was made by Otellini at the Wall Street Journal technology conference this week.

He revealed that he spends an hour a weekend removing spyware from his daughter's computer and suggested that the mainstream computer user in search of immediate safety from security woes should buy a Mac instead of a Wintel PC.

"If you want to fix it tomorrow, maybe you should buy something else," he said.

The Register suggests that the comment is "really a public flirtation for Apple CEO Steve Jobs".

The title also suggests that the comments could also be seen to recommend: "The PCs you have really must be replaced if you want to operate a secure business."