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Windows 7: Latest Security Intelligence Report Shows 24% of PCs are Unprotected

22 Apr 2013   #1

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Latest Security Intelligence Report Shows 24% of PCs are Unprotected

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Today, Microsoft released new research as part of its Security Intelligence Report, volume 14, which takes a close look at the importance of running up-to-date antivirus software on your computer. The research showed that, on average, computers without antivirus software are 5.5 times more likely to be infected.
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22 Apr 2013   #2

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I didn't read the 120 page version but I did read the 19 page summary. An interesting graph appears to give more reason to give up Windows XP. I don't think there's enough data in to accept the Windows 8 figures though. The question I have is why x64 infections are lower for Windows 7.


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22 Apr 2013   #3

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Isn't is because of hardware based Data Execution Protection, Kernel Patch Protection (PatchGuard), digitally signed drivers, and that the majority of malware is (or at least was) written for a 32 bit OS? I wonder what percentage of systems are running 32 bit vs. 64 bit? A Guy
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22 Apr 2013   #4

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Perhaps but DEP has been around for long time. And there's no problem running 32-bit software on a 64-bit machine. I have plenty including Office. As I think about it, it could be the randomized memory assignment and the higher addresses in x64 that the malware can't deal with.
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23 Apr 2013   #5

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I wonder how many of the infections are from "new" malware strains?

It's possible that a lot of old XP malware, can't bypass the write protection on the OS directories, in the newer versions of Windows.
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24 Apr 2013   #6

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Of course, Windows 8 has be shown to have least malware infections cleaned, maybe that's because most average consumers do not wish to purchase a laptop with Windows 8.

Windows 8 does generally have improved security, which each operating system also improves upon with each release of a newer operating system.
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