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Windows Mostly Malware Free?

As someone who recently hosed a virus on my Win 7 laptop, I was surprised to hear that Windows is no longer largely threatened by malware.

Anti-malware maker Kaspersky (say that three times fast) now says Microsoft is no longer on the top-ten list of vulnerable companies. Windows 7 and automatic updates are the key Microsoft barriers to malware infestation, the company says.

It's security record even has third-party security experts fawning. "Microsoft's security process is spectacular," said security guru Chris Paget. "Security is a process, not a product. It evolves. The question is, 'Was Vista secure?' Microsoft has a very bad reputation for security and it is very much undeserved."

So who got knocked the worst? Oracle and Adobe (with Flash), to name just two.

While Microsoft got high marks, malware is circulating that turns off Windows UAC.

Posted by Doug Barney on 08/19/2011 at 1:18 PM


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