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Microsoft Says Windows 7 Malware Infection Rates Rise by 182% in H1-2012

Window 7's malware infection rate augmented by 182% in 2012, said Microsoft in its present releases security intelligence report (volume 13) for the first half of 2012, as published in computerworld.com on October 9, 2012.

However, with this enormous enhancement, Windows 7 is two to three times less likely to fall to hacker attack than the aged windows XP.

Data from the latest Microsoft's recent twice-yearly security report exhibited that during the second quarter of 2012, Window 7 was lying within 33-182% more probable to be contaminated by malware than during the second quarter of 2011.

The rate of infection for Windows RTM, or release to manufacturing the original version was 33% more in 2012 for 32-bit that was reported in October 2009 and 59% higher for the 64-bit(x64) OS.

Windows 7 Service Pack 1(SP1) that was upgraded in February 2011 was shipped witnessed even superior infection increase, which is 172% for x86, 182% for x64.

A number of factors had been cited out for the increase in triumphant malware attacks, containing less net-savvy users.

As per the data, the customers are most likely to stay current with security updates that are more likely to install the current version of the OS.

Consequently, Microsoft asserted that the installed base of Windows 7 has expanded, those new users who aren't on the verge of technology are declining towards the utilization to stay up-to-date thus moving up the total numbers.

Tim Rains the trustworthy Group Director at Microsoft, accuses not only the users, but those who produces the malware as well, as reported by Redorbit.com on October 10, 2012. In XP, for instance, it has been observed that infection rates increases due to specific pieces of malware that are more effective on that platform, says Rain. And in several places of the world, the capacity of users towards maintaining the advancement of Windows varied to a great extent.

The effort to disperse the responsibility to attackers and the victims was prepared by Rains; other security researches confess to the major issue at hand was the outsized and last adoption rates.

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