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Windows 7: Nearly a Fifth of U.S. PCs Have No Antivirus Protection, McAfee Finds

30 May 2012   #1
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Nearly a Fifth of U.S. PCs Have No Antivirus Protection, McAfee Finds

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A McAfee study of PCs around the world found that 17 percent had no antivirus protection, and the U.S. outpaced the average with 19 percent of PCs unprotected.

The study counted as unprotected machines those that had no antivirus protection installed, or whose antivirus subscription had expired. In the U.S., 12 percent of PCs did not contain any antivirus program, and 7 percent had software that was expired.
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31 May 2012   #2
DustSailor

Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit
 
 

Interesting to me in that article was the bit at the bottom stating that Win8 will require antivirus protection, something I wasn't aware of. Insteresting...

Good article!
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31 May 2012   #3
marsmimar

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Win 7 Pro 64-bit
 
 

From what I've read (and this could certainly change by RTM), Windows 8 is supposed to have the components of Microsoft Security Essentials pre-bundled into the OS and it will on by default. In its established tradition of confusing branding, Microsoft will call this pre-bundled software Windows Defender. Windows 8 users will have to have some kind of antimalware installed or they won't be able to get updates. Doesn't matter if they stick with the default or go with some other company. MS hopes this will lead to fewer infected machines world-wide.

An interesting article from Sophos' Graham Cluley about the pros and cons of using a pre-bundled security app. He believes that this approach will encourage malware authors to concentrate on defeating Windows Defender. And since it uses the underlying MSE database and engine, anybody using the free Microsoft product(s) will be at higher risk for infection.

Windows 8 to have built-in anti-virus – there’s good and bad news | Naked Security

And on a related note, several competing companies such as McAfee, AVG, GFI and Check Point don't seem to have any issue with Microsoft installing a pre-bundled security program in Windows 8. In the opinion of John Gable, head of consumer products for Check Point Software Technologies (makers of ZoneAlarm), Microsoft hasn't gone far enough. "Any improvement in security is a step in the right direction," said Gable. "Malware is fast evolving, and consumers need more protection."

Will Windows 8 Destroy the Consumer Antivirus Market? | News & Opinion | PCMag.com
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31 May 2012   #4
Urthboundmisfit

7 Pro x64 SP1, XP SP3 VM
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by marsmimar View Post
From what I've read (and this could certainly change by RTM), Windows 8 is supposed to have the components of Microsoft Security Essentials pre-bundled into the OS and it will on by default. In its established tradition of confusing branding, Microsoft will call this pre-bundled software Windows Defender. Windows 8 users will have to have some kind of antimalware installed or they won't be able to get updates. Doesn't matter if they stick with the default or go with some other company. MS hopes this will lead to fewer infected machines world-wide.

An interesting article from Sophos' Graham Cluley about the pros and cons of using a pre-bundled security app. He believes that this approach will encourage malware authors to concentrate on defeating Windows Defender. And since it uses the underlying MSE database and engine, anybody using the free Microsoft product(s) will be at higher risk for infection.

Windows 8 to have built-in anti-virus – there’s good and bad news | Naked Security

And on a related note, several competing companies such as McAfee, AVG, GFI and Check Point don't seem to have any issue with Microsoft installing a pre-bundled security program in Windows 8. In the opinion of John Gable, head of consumer products for Check Point Software Technologies (makers of ZoneAlarm), Microsoft hasn't gone far enough. "Any improvement in security is a step in the right direction," said Gable. "Malware is fast evolving, and consumers need more protection."

Will Windows 8 Destroy the Consumer Antivirus Market? | News & Opinion | PCMag.com
Good stuff. I only just skimmed thru, bookmarked for future reading.
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31 May 2012   #5
windude99

Windows 7 Professional x64 Service Pack 1
 
 

I like that Microsoft Security Essentials will be built in Windows 8. I really like Microsoft Security Essentials becasue it is unobtrusive and is very lightweight. If only Malwarebytes could be built in to Windows 8
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31 May 2012   #6
doublethe2

 
 

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A McAfee study of PCs around the world found that 17 percent had no antivirus protection, and the U.S. outpaced the average with 19 percent of PCs unprotected.

The study counted as unprotected machines those that had no antivirus protection installed, or whose antivirus subscription had expired. In the U.S., 12 percent of PCs did not contain any antivirus program, and 7 percent had software that was expired.
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A Guy
Well, I have anti-virus on a CD. But I can't install really because my CD-drive is under construction. So I have to be "careful" on what I download.
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31 May 2012   #7
windude99

Windows 7 Professional x64 Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by doublethe2 View Post
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A McAfee study of PCs around the world found that 17 percent had no antivirus protection, and the U.S. outpaced the average with 19 percent of PCs unprotected.

The study counted as unprotected machines those that had no antivirus protection installed, or whose antivirus subscription had expired. In the U.S., 12 percent of PCs did not contain any antivirus program, and 7 percent had software that was expired.
Source

A Guy
Well, I have anti-virus on a CD. But I can't install really because my CD-drive is under construction. So I have to be "careful" on what I download.
Download Microsoft Security Essentials for free: Download: Microsoft Security Essentials - Microsoft Download Center - Download Details
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31 May 2012   #8
doublethe2

 
 

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A Guy
Well, I have anti-virus on a CD. But I can't install really because my CD-drive is under construction. So I have to be "careful" on what I download.
Download Microsoft Security Essentials for free: Download: Microsoft Security Essentials - Microsoft Download Center - Download Details
I've already got it installed. But thanks anyway :-)
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31 May 2012   #9
Stratos

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 / OS X Snow Leopard 10.6.8
 
 

I always question where companies like McAfee gets their information on these statistics from. 17-19% of all PCs would equate to several million computers, sounds like a big stretch to me.
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