Same old Windows . . .

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  1. *LTD* macrumors G4

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    http://www.itpro.co.uk/blogs/daveyw/2009/11/03/80-percent-of-viruses-love-windows-7/


    80 percent of viruses love Windows 7
    By Davey Winder in Editorial

    According to one leading security research lab, Windows 7 is vulnerable to an astonishing 8 out of 10 viruses it was exposed to during testing. But wait a minute, just how astonishing is this, really?

    Sophos loaded a retail release copy of Windows 7 onto a clean PC, configured it to the system default as far as the User Account Control process was concerned, and failed to install any anti-virus software. OK, so this might be a little unfair you would think, but it does represent the actions of many a person new to the new OS. Microsoft insists it is the most secure version of Windows yet, and ‘ordinary users’ will take the company at its word.

    What Sophos did next was less typical, instead of connecting the machine to the Internet and clicking every link under the sun until it was infected up the wazoo, it instead “grabbed the next 10 unique samples that arrived in the SophosLabs feed to see how well the newer, more secure version of Windows and UAC held up” says researcher Chet Wisniewski.

    Unsurprisingly, Windows 7 didn’t do too well in fighting off these new threats. Indeed, it only managed to prevent 2 out of those 10 from operating correctly. Wisniewski insists that this just goes to show that his pre-launch warning that the UAC is not fit to protect a PC from malware was indeed correct. While I actually agree with him on this point I’d also argue that any machine that is not running an up to date anti-virus solution is asking for trouble no matter what version of Windows is installed.

    I’d be more interested to see that same test performed on the same Windows 7 PC but running different AV solutions, including the new and free Microsoft Security Essentials to be honest. I wonder how far and how many of those 10 viruses would get then?

    I wonder if Microsoft will come out fighting against Sophos this time, like it did when XP Mode security came under attack in the summer?
     
  2. djellison macrumors 68020

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    Avast AV. Free. Small system footprint. Works perfect. Never, ever, had a virus.

    Problem solved.
     
  3. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    Avira here.
     
  4. MorphingDragon macrumors 603

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    Comodo Internet Security... Or just not windows.
     
  5. jaw04005 macrumors 601

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    Same old FUD. What do you think Sophos does? They sell anti-virus software. :rolleyes:

    "More than 100 million users in 150 countries rely on Sophos as the best protection against complex threats and data loss. Sophos is committed to providing security and data protection solutions that are simple to manage, deploy and use and that deliver the industry’s lowest total cost of ownership. Sophos offers award-winning encryption, endpoint security, web, email, and network access control solutions backed by SophosLabs’ a global network of threat intelligence centers. With more than two decades of experience, Sophos is regarded as a leader in security and data protection by top analyst firms and has received many industry awards.”

    Why not post their other “research” regarding Mac OS X?

    http://www.computerweekly.com/Artic...users-not-exempt-from-malware-says-sophos.htm

    http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/tec...-target-for-malware-sophos-20091029-hmbs.html
     
  6. Goona macrumors 68020

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    And the links you posted disprove the all the numerous Windows viruses out there?
     
  7. BongoBanger macrumors 68000

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    This post makes me smile because it's from the same person who derides Sophos for suggesting that Macs need AV software too.
     
  8. jav6454 macrumors P6

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    Nothing like the lastest Common Sense Anti-Virus 2012 Ultimate Edition. Honestly, all you need is a decent AV (Avast is great) and some common sense not to click that "OMFG BBQ! You are 1,000,000 visitor clcik here!" link.

    Avoid Norton/Symmantec like the plague.
     
  9. aristobrat macrumors G5

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    Sophos has had plenty of Mac related announcements over the years, most of which have had big threads here.
     
  10. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    Symantec has gotten better lately under Windows. I have no clue about their Mac OS X products.
     
  11. ReanimationLP macrumors 68030

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    I use Microsoft Security Essentials for Windows 7.

    It's free, and has been working just as well as Avast did when I used Vista.
     
  12. thejadedmonkey macrumors 604

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    It's 8 out of 10 of the newest threats, using the latest and greatest technology. It hardly means that Windows is susceptible to 80% of virus's out there.
     
  13. XP-User77 macrumors newbie

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    Windows is vulnerable to five metric fu*kton of viruses,but as long as you are a competent computer user,your just as safe as you would be using any other OS.
     
  14. jav6454 macrumors P6

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    Like I said, all you need is Common Sense 2012 Ultimate Black Edition.
     
  15. Apple Genius macrumors member

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    I love viruses... They're so profitable in every way.
     

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