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Windows 7: Microsoft: One in 14 Downloads Come Laced with Malware

18 May 2011   #1
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 build 10074
 
 
Microsoft: One in 14 Downloads Come Laced with Malware

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Hopping around the web downloading programs willy-nilly is a surefire way of putting your PC's security software to the test. Think you're in the clear if you download judiciously? If only! According to Microsoft, 1 out of every 14 programs downloaded by Windows users contains malware. What's worse, even though Internet Explorer 9 has multiple layers of security designed to protect surfers from socially engineered malware attacks, 5 percent of IE9 users blatantly ignore the warnings......
Read More: Maximum PC | Microsoft: One in 14 Downloads Come Laced with Malware


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18 May 2011   #2
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

Thanks Brink. I have posted many times that someone should have a program to update the user. All security programs or policies have a thing in common; the user.
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18 May 2011   #3
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 build 10074
 
 

So very true.
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18 May 2011   #4
Night Hawk

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, W10 Preview - Second remote tower Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 
Microsoft: One in 14 downloads is malicious

The following two page report is sound advice for those who download without adequate protections inplace.

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Microsoft: One in 14 downloads is malicious

By Robert McMillan
May 17, 2011 08:25 PM ET

IDG News Service - The next time a website says to download new software to view a movie or fix a problem, think twice. There's a pretty good chance that the program is malicious.

In fact, about one out of every 14 programs downloaded by Windows users turns out to be malicious, Microsoft said Tuesday. And even though Microsoft has a feature in its Internet Explorer browser designed to steer users away from unknown and potentially untrustworthy software, about 5 percent of users ignore the warnings and download malicious Trojan horse programs anyway.

Five years ago, it was pretty easy for criminals to sneak their code onto computers. There were plenty of browser bugs, and many users weren't very good at patching. But since then, the cat-and-mouse game of Internet security has evolved: Browsers have become more secure, and software makers can quickly and automatically push out patches when there's a known problem.

So increasingly, instead of hacking the browsers themselves, the bad guys try to hack the people using them. It's called social engineering, and it's a big problem these days. "The attackers have figured out that it's not that hard to get users to download Trojans," said Alex Stamos, a founding partner with Isec Partners, a security consultancy that's often called in to clean up the mess after companies have been hacked.
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19 May 2011   #5
wilywombat

win7
 
 
Microsoft: 1 out of every 14 downloaded programs is malware

"Microsoft has revealed that 1 out of every 14 downloaded programs is later confirmed as malware. The data comes from the software giant's SmartScreen Filter team."

More at:- Microsoft: 1 out of every 14 downloaded programs is malware - TechSpot News
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19 May 2011   #6
alphanumeric
Microsoft MVP

Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center 64 bit
 
 

Sometimes what you think you are downloading isn't what your downloading. I've noticed more and more lately that malwar with a very similar name to the real program you're looking for gets ranked high up in the search order. You go looking for AVG, MSE, Malwarebytes, etc, and if your not careful you end up with something thats going to require said programs just to get ride of. The website/URL is so close to the real thing that sometimes I don't even know which one is the legit program.
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