3000+ Good Reasons to Dump Windows. Every day…

Everyone knows that there are lots of Viruses, Malware, Spybots and the like out there….

But now, according to the BBC these malicious programs have reached unprecedented levels.

Reports vary but some estimates suggest there were five times as many variants of malicious programs in circulation in 2007 compared to 2006.

Security company Panda Software said it was getting more than 3,000 novel samples of so called malware every day.

And it gets worse…

Security software testing organisation AV Test reported that it saw 5.49 million unique samples of malicious software in 2007 – five times more than the 972,606 it saw in 2006.

And to cap it all…

Most of the malicious programs detected by these security organisations are aimed at the various versions of Microsoft’s Windows operating system.

Now there are many reasons why the criminal hacker writes mainly for Windows, and most are to with the very poor system level architecture of the file and operating system itself.

There are countless examples and descriptions on the Internet as to why viruses and the like do not seem to target Unix, Linux and Macs and they all, in the main, boil down to the fact that these systems use proper, multi-user file and process management.

As with any virus in the real world, if it can’t jump from one host to another, it can’t propagate and will simply die or fester on its own. This is just the same with computer viruses.

Microsoft’s Windows OS, when connected to the Internet, is just like the world’s biggest toddler’s nursery. You know (if you’ve have ever had kids) how they all mix fluids and spread diseases between themselves faster than you can get a tissue to wipe their dribbly nose.

On a “proper” computer operating system, the analogy would be each kid living in a hermetically sealed bubble. But with the tools to be able to communicate and transfer “solids” through appropriately secure membranes specifically fit for purpose.

Go on, dump Windows.

[Update] I just went and checked the latest WILDLIST. The list of all “active” known viruses actually in the wild. Just read the list and look at the names. Notice how many are for non-windows architectures… About 2. One for Javascript and one html based.

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  • Jacob says:

    What, you mean you aren’t going to specifically name all 3000+ reasons? ๐Ÿ˜› Thanks for your post.

  • Alan Lord says:

    At least 1500 of them are on today’s wildlist. ๐Ÿ™‚

    As for the rest; that’s down to your imagination. Anything you can think of, you can do in Windows… It’s that crap…

    Thanks for your comment.


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