A Microsoft researcher has proposed that 'sick', or virus infected computers, should be temporarily banned from the internet until they are cleaned.
The proposal is aimed at tackling the menace of botnets and malware spreading across the internet.
Scott Charney, the corporate vice president for Microsoft's Trustworthy Computing, wrote in a blog post that his proposal is derived from the concept of public health, in which a sick person is restricted from coming in contact with other healthy humans by being placed in quarantine.
He wrote: “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.”
Charney said that the principles behind tracking, isolating and quarantining a sick person could be applied to locating and fixing botnet infected computers.
Systems that are affected with malware or botnets, are capable of infecting other healthy systems that they come into contact with on the internet.