Sophos: Microsoft’s Windows 7ista vulnerable to 80 percent of PC viruses tested

“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,” Davey Winder reports for IT PRO.

“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,” Winder reports.

Then Sophos “‘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,” Winder reports. “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.”

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37 Comments

  1. Now you W7 folks need to update your antivirus, anti-malware, anti-adware, etc. And you will still face problems as new bad stuff gets created. Have fun.

    After my 1996 PowerMac HDD died after many years of faithful service and I decided that it was finally time to move on, I used a *free*, hand-me-down, circa-2000 Dell for a couple of years before springing for a new iMac in 2007. I found bad stuff on the Dell every time that I checked (which was frequently).

    *The Dell wasn’t worth free.* I was always concerned about clicking a bad link. Now I laugh at pop-up browser windows that tell me I have a Windows virus or start trying to install an .exe. Life is good again.

    My 24″ iMac is wonderful, benefits the entire family, and embodies tremendous value, even more so after upgrading to SL for a mere $30.

  2. Ten is not a very good sampling to claim that Windows 7 is vulnerable to “80%” of existing viruses. However, the fact that it was vulnerable to even ONE out of ten make Mac OS X far (infinitely) superior in terms of security.

  3. @ Tank

    Out of the first 10 they tried, Win 7 only blocked 2. This is just more of the same from Mimeosoft. I just don’t understand why people put up with this. The upfront cost of a Mac pales in comparison to the long term cost and time associated with Windows.

  4. “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.”

    It also represents the actions of many a Mac person! ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”cool smile” style=”border:0;” />

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