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Windows 7 has lower infection rate than XP.....

By red1776
May 19, 2011
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  1. I have always said that people can be counted on to defend their decisions whether they were the correct ones or not. Check out the comments post-article. You just know deep down if Micro soft...or anyone else for that matter, reported the opposite, of this, it would be the biggest "I told you so" in computing history.

    From Tom's Hardware:

    http://www.tomshardware.com/news/windows-malware-infection-rate-adware,12753.html
     
  2. Route44

    Route44 TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 12,172   +37

    G, just came across this post. Very interesting. What surprised me was how much better even Vista was.

    I wonder though if the sheer number of XP users as compared to Vista and 7 (I like 7) might skew this some what, i.e. greater number of users = greater potential for increased infection numbers?
     
  3. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Posts: 6,062   +77

    Greater Number of Users > Greater Rate of Infections; no matter which OS this will always hold true :p.

    For one simple reason, targeting 'lesser' OS isn't worth putting in the effort when compared to whatever objectives these guys do have.
     
  4. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Topic Starter Posts: 5,914   +93

    Not so fast Arch....

    But the numbers were "per 1000" users. I realize the numbers came from Microsoft, however I don't find it a great stretch that MS OS's have gotten better at repelling viruses. Windows 7 is improved in every other area, I don't see why security would not be among them. Windows 7 is selling faster than XP did while XP's 'market share' (yes i am using 'market share' generically) drops like a rock...
    I think its not only 'a' target, but 'thee' target these days.

    http://www.techspot.com/news/43443-microsoft-350-million-windows-7-licenses-sold-in-18-months.html

    but wait! theres more :p :wave: Windows now has just over 25% of the market and an infection rate of 3.15% per thousand, while XP has 50% of the market and an infection rate of 15.9% per thousand. twice the copies, but 5 times the infection rate.
    Well possibly self serving numbers aside. I was taking a poke at the rabid sector of "XP'ians who sounded very angry that it was true, rather than not believing it. back at ya Arch :D :wave:
     
  5. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Posts: 6,062   +77

    I agree with your assertion, and my observation is that 7 is indeed bit less susceptible to infections, probably overall architectural improvements make it so, but even then, I will stick with my guns on this one -> any OS is as safe as the user let it to be even then it will also have lots of holes which haven't yet been reported (remember this carefully Xpian's) :D
     
  6. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Topic Starter Posts: 5,914   +93

    Couldn't agree more!
     
  7. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Topic Starter Posts: 5,914   +93

     


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