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Windows 7: Counterfeit Windows XP Breeding Malware

02 Aug 2011   #1
JMH

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Counterfeit Windows XP Breeding Malware

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Beware Windows XP, as 74% of rootkit infections can be traced to PCs running that operating system. By comparison, only 17% of rootkit infections were spotted running on Vista, and 12% on Windows 7.
That finding comes from Avast--a free antivirus software developer based in Prague--and is based on a six-month study the company conducted of 630,000 malware samples encountered by its users.
Counterfeit Windows XP Breeding Malware -- InformationWeekCounterfeit Windows XP Breeding Malware - security Blog

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02 Aug 2011   #2

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For a brief period of time, Avast 6 was a better choice for me than MSE, because I could run suspicious applications in a sandbox and see what happens without damaging the system. Then suddenly, Avast became paranoid, reporting almost all lesser-known applications as containing something, one or the other aspect of baddies, while MSE just sat back and worked as usual. The thing is that I actually did use all those apps which are completely fine and healthy and there was nothing wrong with them, so I stopped using Avast together with MSE and just stuck with the latter.

I wouldn't be surprised if these huge numbers were, up to a certain percentage, just false-positive keygens people use for pirated software.
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