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Windows 7: Windows Malware Infections Result from Outdated Software


30 Sep 2011   #1
JMH

Win 7 Ultimate 64-bit. SP1.
 
 
Windows Malware Infections Result from Outdated Software

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Machines running Windows operating systems in most cases get infected with malware because their owners fail to update certain applications which present critical vulnerabilities that are easily exploited by malicious elements.

CSIS Security Group revealed the results of a study that went on for a period of three months, in which they've collected all sorts of data from exploit kits. It was concluded that users who fail to update applications belonging to Adobe, Java or Quicktime are the most vulnerable in front of a drive-by attack.
Windows Malware Infections Result from Outdated Software - Softpedia


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30 Sep 2011   #2
Corazon

Windows 7 Professional SP1 32-bit
 
 

That's it, I'm going back to Windows 98 LOL!
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30 Sep 2011   #3
Skulblaka

Windows 8 Professional 64-bit
 
 

Quicktime? Strange, I never even use it, I'll remove it then.
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30 Sep 2011   #4
Borg 386

Win 7 32 Home Premium, Win 7 64 Pro, Win 8.1 Pro
 
 

Yeah, seen that all too frequently on other peoples machines, but most of the time it's the fact that they have outdated AV defs. I've had people ask me "How did I get this virus when I have an AV?"....and I have to inform them that AV defs that are 6 months out of date aren't going to protect them against the latest threats.
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30 Sep 2011   #5
lehnerus2000

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 (64 bit), Linux Mint 17.1 MATE (64 bit)
 
 
The Big 3

"... Adobe, Java or Quicktime are the most vulnerable in front of a drive-by attack."

IMO:
  • Adobe is the most prolific malware producer on the planet.
  • The other two are pretty much useless garbage also.
I read a comment by someone who suggested that Adobe creates software, by getting the coders to rest their heads on the keyboard and then rolling them to the left and then to the right.
They repeat this until they have generated enough lines of "code".
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30 Sep 2011   #6
Skulblaka

Windows 8 Professional 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Borg 386 View Post
Yeah, seen that all too frequently on other peoples machines, but most of the time it's the fact that they have outdated AV defs. I've had people ask me "How did I get this virus when I have an AV?"....and I have to inform them that AV defs that are 6 months out of date aren't going to protect them against the latest threats.
Agreed, I've seen computers with a ton of update notifications, Java, Adobe and even Windows Update.
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