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Aryeh Goretsky

United States
Microsoft MVP (2004-2018) • Microsoft Reconnect MVP (2018-) • Distinguished Researcher at ESET


Aryeh Goretsky started his career in 1989 sitting at John McAfee's kitchen table and answering the phone. That company grew out of that house and into McAfee Associates, where for the next 5½ years he ran the tech support department. In 1995, he followed John McAfee to start Tribal Voice in Colorado, which developed PowWow, one of the first chat and IM programs for Windows. In 2004, Aryeh received his first MVP Award (Windows-Networking) and the following year joined VoIP equipment manufacturer Zultys Technologies. In 2005, after a decade-long absence, he reentered the anti-virus industry and now works as a Distinguished Researcher for ESET, the developer of NOD32.  In 2017-2018, he received his 14th Microsoft MVP Award.

In his spare time Aryeh answers questions in a variety of online locations.  He supervises Windows news site Neowin, where he has been awarded as a Most Valuable Contributor.  He is a moderator at Scot's Newsletter Forums, run by Computerworld Editor-in-Chief Scot Finnie, a senior moderator of Lenovo's Help Forum, and a Security Expert at Wilders Security Forum, run by fellow MVP Paul Wilders at, is an administrator of the ESET Security Forum and can be found answering questions on Reddit as u/goretsky, where he also moderates the r/antivirus and r/24hoursupport subreddits. He blogs professionally at and personally at

Aryeh also managed the C-SQUAD mailing list for law enforcement and IT, contributed to the ThinkPad Users Mailing List and was involved with several security operations groups, including the ACoD, COVID-19 cyberresponse, DA/MWP, II, ISOI, Ops-Trust, TH-Research and ZERT.

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