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[MSNBC] Microsoft: One out of 14 downloads is malicious

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PC Mag reports that this rather frightening factoid was revealed in blog post intended to praise the SmartScreen Application Reputation feature — a service which confirms whether a download is being provided by a reputable source — in Microsoft's own Internet Explorer 9. (Msnbc.com is a joint venture of Microsoft and NBC Universal.)

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That is a higher rate than I thought. People need to pause and look at the filename real quick before downloading. Would stop 90% of this.
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Originally Posted by Unaufhaltsam;13556348 
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That is a higher rate than I thought. People need to pause and look at the filename real quick before downloading. Would stop 90% of this.

Not only that but file size. a 1.5 hour movie should not be 2mb or less.
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Enough people have trouble wrapping their head around the fact that Internet Explorer and Google Chrome connect to the same "internet" to have them pay attention to the file size of what they're trying to download.
You can't fix stupid.
    
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Enough people have trouble wrapping their head around the fact that Internet Explorer and Google Chrome connect to the same "internet" to have them pay attention to the file size of what they're trying to download.
You can't fix stupid.

Exactly. And these are Internet Explorer's download, I'm pretty sure the numbers would be a little bit lower (not by much) on Firefox and Chrome, since the average user is still a little more tech savvy.
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You can't fix stupid.

I beg to differ.

Simply because stupidity runs off of ignorance which can be combated with knowledge, but I really wouldn't have this any other way.

I prefer this.. More work for me.

It's there fault for not looking up simple fixes, and hiring me to solve their problems for them.
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to quote Forrest Gump: Stupid is what stupid does.

tongue.gif Stupid people will do whatever they want, let em be stupid while all the repair shops gain all the money or let em try and learn all the ways that the pros do to get rid of the virus/malware
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p0rn is probably the biggest sector of this problem. People like storing libraries of p0rnos
    
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And yet I don't think I've downloaded a malicious file.
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PC Mag reports that this rather frightening factoid...

Oh c'mon, the "reporter" makes it sound like this statistic is equatable to rape or robbery statistics where the victim likely couldn't have done anything to prevent it. It's not a scary fact; it's a comical one. All this statistic does is show how dumb most people are when it comes to downloading files. In fact, your average person is so dumb when it comes to downloading files that they greatly skewed MS's results by this much. lachen.gif
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This just in 13 out of those 14 downloads are idiots....

One of them was bound to get a virus/malware/spyware/ect...
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