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One in fourteen Internet downloads is Windows malware

May 19, 2011, 15:04 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols)

[ Thanks to Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols for this link. ]

"Window PCs has far, far more malware trouble than Macs, and I can�t resist mentioning that after in twenty-years of Linux, we�ve seen a real-world example of Linux malware�not counting the Android malware mess. Ironically, these latest appalling Windows malware numbers are shared in a Microsoft blog about how well SmartScreen Application Reputation is working in IE9.

"While it�s true that SmartScreen in IE9 is doing excellent work in protecting Windows users form Internet-borne malware, it leads to other questions. The biggest, to my mind, is that, since Microsoft proudly boasts that IE9�s new 'Application Reputation will prevent more than 20 Million additional infections per month (on top of existing SmartScreen URL reputation blocks),' why doesn�t Microsoft offer IE9 to its XP users?"

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