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Impact of Popular Malware on Windows Operating Systems

According to BitDefender, a security company, the latest Windows 8 has been found vulnerable to fifteen of the total hundred malicious programs that cyber-criminals commonly used in 2012, despite Windows Defender running all the while.

Actually, the BitDefender researchers conducted experiments to see how Windows 8, Windows 7 as well as Windows 8 running during an active Windows Defender were different from each other. Also, for making sure that the experiments were conducted with precision, a regulated condition was adopted devoid of any intermediate security software enabled.

Overall, the experiment utilized 385 malicious programs chosen on the basis of their high demand.

Consequently, it was evident that Windows 7 wasn't any significantly different from Windows 8. Incidentally, of the said number of programs, 262 effectively ran on Windows 7.

And as for Windows 8, amongst the total 385 malware items, it was possible to execute 234 successfully, while different factors constrained 138 from even triggering off, 6 items couldn't sustain long to cause harm, whereas although 7 were unleashed, the UAC (User Account Control) prevented the associated payloads from running.

The experiment was then proceeded with Windows Defender deployed in addition to Windows 8; consequently, the OS managed to block an even larger number of malware items. Amongst the total 385 malicious programs, Windows Defender deleted 322, but 62 malware items managed to bypass the security software.

Remarking about the experiment's results in connection with Windows Defender, Catalin Cosoi, Chief Security Strategist at BitDefender stated that to safeguard any PC from data-theft or malware particularly viruses, there was nothing comparable to Windows Defender. Still, it wasn't entirely better than some others. The majority of the widely-used AV programs could perform better. Hence, running a computer short of security software was highly dangerous, Cosoi concluded. Prwire.com.au published this dated November 9, 2012.

Moreover according to Alexandru Balan, Chief Security Researcher at BitDefender, despite Windows 8 claiming superiority with regards to major image revamping due to the Advanced User Interface incorporation, the OS having its automated AV (anti-virus) enabled records frighteningly high detection instances same as in the case of Windows 7. Prwire.com.au published this.

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