Macs are more secure and not as expensive as everyone thinks, so why do Windows users continue to put up with virus ridden PCs?

This is the question asked by SF Gate's Mark Morford, and he just can't figure out why Windows users don't switch to the Mac.

With regard to viruses he writes: "With very few exceptions, every Mac owner everywhere on the planet simply looks at all this viral chaos and spyware noise and Microsoft apologia and shrugs. And smiles. And pretty much ignores it all outright, and gets back to work. For the most part and for all intents and purposes, Macs are immune."

As for price: "I know Macs are (well, were) more expensive, even though they're really not, when you finally jam that ugly cheapass Dell with enough video cards and sound cards and disk burners to make it comparable to a Mac that comes with all of it, standard," he explains.

On security

He admits that there have been security issues with the Mac platform, but insists that generally Macs are pretty safe. "I know Macs are not perfect, that there have been a handful of serious Apple security fixes over the years, and even a few rumored viruses and spyware apps (though rarely any reports of major server attacks or system shutdowns). I know Apple releases regular security updates of its own. The Mac is not flawless. But it's damn close," he writes.

As for the argument that virus writers ignore the Mac because it's a minority, he suggests: "Anti-Mac pundits always mutter the same thing as they install yet another PC bug fix: there just aren't enough Macs out there to warrant a hacker's attention. I know my experience: the Mac OS architecture is much more robust, much more solid, much more difficult to hack into. Apple's software is, by default, more sound and reliable, given its more stable core."