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No matter what .. I'lls tick with XP in my Media center since its not that great a PC running it .. and common sense is still the best way to keep clean .. but thanks for info mate!
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I have had maybe 3 viruses the entire time I have had this machine.
 
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Nor attacks via embedded ads.
Those are more browser dependant IIRC, but you do have a point. If MS would give kernel access like Linux does, viruses in embedded ads would be useless.
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I just got the first virus today Ive seen in four years on one of my systems. It was one of those fake anti virus software programs. It looked pretty real. I was shocked.
 
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It still does not stop attacks via social engineering.
For those that don't know, social engineering affects the device between the chair and keyboard. Unfortunately, it's usually the most vulnerable part of a computer.
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I have a gut feeling that Microsoft Security Essentials (wasn't around like it was for Win7) and Windows Update integrated has a lot to play in those figures.
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I have a gut feeling that Microsoft Security Essentials (wasn't around like it was for Win7) and Windows Update integrated has a lot to play in those figures.
Not to mention the sheer age of the OS's...

Note how the ones on the market longest have the most infections. Coincidence? I think not.



Edit: I'd actually like to see a chart with just Windows XP infection rates for every 6 months since it's release. To compare with similar data for Vista and 7.
Edited by Nugu - 5/16/11 at 2:15am
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I'd actually like to see a chart with just Windows XP infection rates for every 6 months since it's release. To compare with similar data for Vista and 7.
That'd be fun, though it would not be accurate either since Viruses that was around when XP launched wasn't properly working for XP since they mostly was aimed for Windows 95,98 and ME.
All viruses today are purposely aimed for XP in mind then the rest.
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That'd be fun, though it would not be accurate either since Viruses that was around when XP launched wasn't properly working for XP since they mostly was aimed for Windows 95,98 and ME.
All viruses today are purposely aimed for XP in mind then the rest.
That's kind of the point though. Just change the OS's in your own sentence.

Since viruses that were around when W7 launched weren't properly working for W7 since they mostly was aimed for Windows XP and 2k.


What I'd want to see is at what point XP took off virus wise as it took over the market share from 98/2k. To see if a pattern was emerging.


W7 has only just taken the dominant position in the OS market from XP so I expect in the next year that there will be a rush of viruses targeting it.



Edit: I'd love to be wrong and see low numbers, but as many people have stated. You can't fix stupid. I always try though, teach them safe mode + full scan and you can reduce calls greatly.
Edited by Nugu - 5/16/11 at 2:42am
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Time to switch guys
Pointless article. Average Joes also have firewall off, run Internet Explorer in "remember everything" mode (including passwords), have no antivirus or any sort of scanner protection, and fall for rogueware like "XP Security 2010". Point is, if all you rely on in terms of security of your PC is Microsoft update, you're bound to get hacked/infected regardless of OS. I've been running this system for ages and am yet to get a virus. Only the odd tracking cookies here and there left over, but that's fixed now since I mostly only run my browsers in Private Mode or whatever it's called.

And umm

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holding back Microsoft’s ability to innovate


that's the funniest thing I've read all day. Putting the word innovate in a sentence describing Microsoft...
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