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Windows XP PCs breed rootkit infections
bill




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 8:00 am on Aug 1, 2011 (gmt 0)

It may be time to consider an upgrade to Windows 7...

Windows XP PCs breed rootkit infections [computerworld.com]

Three-fourths of all rootkits on decade-old OS, says antivirus firm

Machines running the decade-old Windows XP make up a huge reservoir of infected PCs that can spread malware to other systems, a Czech antivirus company said today.

Windows XP computers are infected with rootkits out of proportion to the operating system's market share, according to data released Thursday by Avast Software, which surveyed more than 600,000 Windows PCs.

While XP now accounts for about 58% of all Windows systems in use, 74% of the rootkit infections found by Avast were on XP machines.

 

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