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Windows 7: IE9 blocks up to seven times more socially engineered malware

16 Aug 2011   #1
JMH

Win 7 Ultimate 64-bit. SP1.
 
 
IE9 blocks up to seven times more socially engineered malware

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IE9 blocks up to seven times more socially engineered malware than other browsers.

A report indicates that Internet Explorer 9 does more to protect you from socially engineered malware than any other browser.

According to an independent security research and testing organization, Internet Explorer 9 blocks up to seven times more socially engineered malware than other browsers.

Testing carried out by NSS Labs showed that Microsoft’s SmartScreen continues to offer industry-leading protection against socially engineered malware.
Report: IE9 blocks up to seven times more socially engineered malware than other browsers | ZDNet


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16 Aug 2011   #2
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

What I always find funny, is that often times average users get hit with all kinds of malware, viruses and trojans...and these average users often just run IE because that is what is already installed on the box. But lots of techies and enthusiasts who insist on using other browsers for their extra security don't seem to have issues.

It just doesn't seem to make sense to me.
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16 Aug 2011   #3
legacy7955

win 7 home premium 64 bit
 
 

I honestly don't think it is Internet Explorer browser that is the problem it is the way these uneducated and or willfully ignorant users use the PC and the internet.

You can't stop people from being idiots if they are DETERMINED to be so.

If you click on anything and everything YOUR COMPUTER WILL GET INFECTED SOONER OR LATER, BUT MOST LIKELY MUCH SOONER!
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16 Aug 2011   #4
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

But if IE9 is so powerful in blocking malware, how do these average normal users get so much of it? I don't expect an exact answer, it just puzzles me.
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16 Aug 2011   #5
legacy7955

win 7 home premium 64 bit
 
 

@pparks1:

I would bet that even after they are warned, they insist on clicking on dangerous links, ect. I know that sometimes IE will warn a person about a potentially dangerous site or link and ask ...do you want to proceed? Yes or no?

I'm sure that even the best malware protection isn't invincible to determined "geniuses" who insist on clicking that link to the latest porn or celeb stuff.

I use the term "genius" liberally since that other competing OS uhhh X has people working in their stores that are called "geniuses" too but also aren't really too bright unless it is charging a purchase of some iCrap.
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17 Aug 2011   #6
mach04

Windows 7 Home Premium x64, Windows 8 Pro
 
 
Report: IE9 blocks up to seven times more socially engineered malware

Yes this is what I read on Zdnet.com. I usually don't use IE9 as I find it slower compare to my favorite browser Chrome. But the report is showing some interesting about the security in most common browser.
Is there anyone who daily uses IE9 which can confirm this result?
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17 Aug 2011   #7
severedsolo

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
But if IE9 is so powerful in blocking malware, how do these average normal users get so much of it? I don't expect an exact answer, it just puzzles me.
Because people ignore warnings. The (well observed) phenomenon of people on IE getting more malware is probably down to as you said, more down to people who don't know anything about computers use IE rather than the security of the browser itself. Not that there is anything wrong with IE... I'm just saying that most people who don't know enough not to fall for this crap are using it.

Lets assume hypothetically that report is accurate, all that the higher numbers do, is offset the huge amounts of idiots who click crap. 4% of 70% market share is still alot after all. This is why IE gets targeted.
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17 Aug 2011   #8
seth500

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

This is true about uneducated using, using the internet it doesn't matter what browser they use they will still get into as much trouble. Browser engineers are never going to be able to stay quite ahead of the bad guys but they can prevent most things by behavior. The bottom line is I spend a lot of time fixing friends computers just because they click on every damn thing they see even after I tell them not too. So education is the key but that still not going to solve the issue for most idiots lol.
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17 Aug 2011   #9
MadSupra354

 

This is one of the reasons I love using IE9
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17 Aug 2011   #10
Coke Robot

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

YAY!

I use IE9 daily and yes, it does a good job of blocking unknown files through SmartScreen.
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