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Unbeknowst to you, your computer could be a double agent, committing cybercrime as part of a internet-connected botnet. Over 2.2 million American PCs are part of some botnet, according to Microsoft.  (Source: Ubisoft)
U.S. leads the world in botnet virus infection rates

According to a new 240-page security report from Microsoft dubbed the Security Intelligence Report, America is among the most infected countries in the world when it comes to botnets.  The report uses information collected in the first half of 2010 via the Microsoft Malicious Software Removal Tool.

Over 2.2 million PCs in the U.S. are infected with a virus that makes them part of one of the internet's massive botnets.  The term "botnet" refers to a group of connected computers that can be used for ill purposes such as spamming, distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks, and mass credit card fraud.

Brazil came in second place for most infected computers, with 550,000 botnet-infected PCs.  Per computer population, though South Korea had the highest rate (though its total number of infected machines is lower than that of the U.S. or Brazil).  In South Korea 14.6 out of 1,000 PCs are in a botnet, versus 5.2 computers out of 1,000 in the U.S.

Cliff Evans, head of security and identity at Microsoft UK, comments to 
BBC News, "Most people have this idea of a virus and how it used to announce itself.  Few people know about botnets."

Fewer people perhaps know about Microsoft's Malicious Software Removal Tool (MRT).  MRT has been is a free tool Microsoft includes with Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7.  First released in 2005, the tool is easy to run -- just go to "Start", type "run" in the search bar, and then type "mrt" (case insensitive) in the resulting popup.  The tool will then activate and be ready to scan your computer and remove many common types of malware.

Perhaps if everyone learns how to use the MRT, America can escape earning the dubious distinction of being the world's biggest botnet participant in 2011.  Given the general public's ignorance of security, that seems unlikely, though.

Despite the difficulty in getting the public to practice proper security, Microsoft is taking steps to try to win the war against botnet masters on its own.  The company recently seized control over 276 internet domains that were being used by botnet owners.  And it has beefed up the securityof its most recent operating system, Windows 7, making it harder to infect new PCs.

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that's nice, but....
By inperfectdarkness on 10/14/2010 12:45:48 PM , Rating: 2
i had to reload windows for a different reason. windows doesn't like several dozen games and numerous support programs being loaded. no need for registry butt.

RE: that's nice, but....
By Mitch101 on 10/14/2010 1:11:10 PM , Rating: 2
What were you running I only found one ancient game wouldn't work until I told the shortcut to run in XP mode.

Other than that turning off the auto changing wallpaper cleared up the colors changing old 256 color games.

Basically Ive gone back to games I played on a 486 25mhz machine that still play fine in Windows 7.

RE: that's nice, but....
By Luticus on 10/14/2010 1:15:56 PM , Rating: 3
There is only one game that i can't get to work on windows 7 x64 and that's civiliztion 3 call to power. (if anyone has any tips i'd love to hear them). my attempts did not kill my computer, nor did they cause any sort of crashes. the game just won't play.

i've never reinstalled windows 7 on my main computer. loaded it once and have been good to go from that point on.

RE: that's nice, but....
By Mitch101 on 10/14/2010 3:31:35 PM , Rating: 2
Found this thread. Few more suggestions in the thread but its working for them on Win 7 x64. (Step 5 sounds promising)
(Link wont post)

Anyway - the fix:
1.) Don't use the autorun when the CD gets inserted.
2.) Open windows explorer and use that to view the CD contents.
3.) Right-click on "setup.exe", and choose "properties".
4.) On the "compatability" tab, check the option to run in WIndows XP compatability mode.
5.) Also check the "run as administrator" option.
5.) Close the properties window.
6.) Double-click on the setup.exe icon - it should now install properly.

NOte: If you already installed and it didn't work, then the first time you run setup like this, it will actually uninstall the game, and you need to run it a gain to install.

Note 2: You should also do the same steps for any patches you install (compatability mode, run as administrator).

RE: that's nice, but....
By Luticus on 10/14/2010 3:53:24 PM , Rating: 2
Thank you very much, i'll see if that works... i'm pretty sure the steps i followed were similar and it didn't work entirely but i'll give it another go. i used to love that game and would like to play it again :-). civ 5 was alright but the tech tree in 5 can't touch CTP. underwater cities and space colonies own! :D

RE: that's nice, but....
By raumkrieger on 10/14/2010 5:12:56 PM , Rating: 2
I've done everything I can and I've still never managed to get Sim City 4 running on Win7. I was saddened to hear that neither Maxis nor Microsoft is even thinking about any sort of compatibility patch, and that a real Sim City 5 is nowhere to be found.

RE: that's nice, but....
By Luticus on 10/15/2010 11:21:01 AM , Rating: 2
I'll look into it for you and see if i can get it working.

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