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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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Windows, the hole filled waste of an OS.
By Ahnilated on 10/14/2010 1:11:33 PM , Rating: -1
Or maybe they could just run Linux and not have these stupid issues. 20 yrs of having Linux on the web and not once have I had a virus, been rooted or had to worry about this crap. Thank god for an OS that isn't created with planned holes so other companies can make money trying to fill them.




By Chaser on 10/14/2010 1:22:38 PM , Rating: 4
Oh yeah those are so easy to setup, install, run and maintain. And they do so much more than Windows.


RE: Windows, the hole filled waste of an OS.
By Luticus on 10/14/2010 1:24:37 PM , Rating: 2
yea, that may be so... but i have had my system destroied and had to reload because i was cocky enough to try and run updates. ever replaced your kernel and not installed/reompiled with new headers? ohhh ever load debian, etc on a machine that needs special drivers?? oh how fun that is. Linux is great but it's no replacement for windows because it's not refined enough. it's still to cryptic and relying on repositories for all your installs kind of sucks. make is no competitor to the windows installer. there is no real alternative to office (there are some minor solutions, open office, etc., but they aren't nearly as good).


RE: Windows, the hole filled waste of an OS.
By sprockkets on 10/14/2010 1:36:56 PM , Rating: 1
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ever replaced your kernel and not installed/reompiled with new headers?


No, because it comes precompiled for most distros for the normal users and doesn't mess up the system.

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ohhh ever load debian, etc on a machine that needs special drivers??


Don't use it so can't say. But I'll bet you that the latest version of SuSE has more drivers than Win7 ever has or will.

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it's still to cryptic and relying on repositories for all your installs kind of sucks.


So having a central and easy way to install software is harder than going to each web site and downloading each piece manually?

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make is no competitor to the windows installer.


Guess who had it first?

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there is no real alternative to office (there are some minor solutions, open office, etc., but they aren't nearly as good).


True.


RE: Windows, the hole filled waste of an OS.
By Luticus on 10/14/2010 2:19:34 PM , Rating: 2
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it comes precompiled

i'm refering to a kernel update just so you know, and on the distros i use that usually entails recompiling it so you can take advange of your video drives and have your system in a resolution above 1024X768... among other things.

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latest version of SuSE</quote
the last version of suse i tried was a long time ago and then it was pretty darn unstable though my laptop crapped out about two years later so...

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So having a central and easy way to install software is harder

it's not harder i just wish there were an easier way to install software that wasn't in the repositories.

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there is no real alternative to office

I'm glad you agree with this, i can see you obviously know what you're talking about and a appreciate your sensibility. I hate when people tell me open office is just as good as ms office.

Don't get me wrong, i'm a huge fan of linux, specifically debain and lately mint (debian + newer packages and no limitations regarding truely free software, ie. they are afraid of trademarks the way debain seems to be)


RE: Windows, the hole filled waste of an OS.
By omnicronx on 10/14/2010 2:27:51 PM , Rating: 2
There is hardly a need for a casual user to update the kernel aside from updating to a major release. So that is not really an issue..


By Luticus on 10/14/2010 3:26:31 PM , Rating: 2
true but i've seen updates to things like xorg, xserver, and even just kde in genreal break a lot of things. probably doesn't help that i often instal things before they are out of testing though :-), though i've seen installs of xorg and xserver both require a lot of work and break things majorly if done wrong. one of the biggest problems i have with linux is that there's no way to roll back updates and things that you do to it.


RE: Windows, the hole filled waste of an OS.
By sprockkets on 10/14/2010 2:30:31 PM , Rating: 2
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I'm glad you agree with this, i can see you obviously know what you're talking about and a appreciate your sensibility. I hate when people tell me open office is just as good as ms office. Don't get me wrong, i'm a huge fan of linux, specifically debain and lately mint (debian + newer packages and no limitations regarding truely free software, ie. they are afraid of trademarks the way debain seems to be)


True, Linux isn't perfect. The main selling point for me is being able to reinstall every thing without losing preferences, not having to worry about formatting since the home partition is separate, besides being "free" and free.

Win7 is good too, but unless I am playing SC2, I personally don't need Windows.

And even if I were to use only Windows most if not all the OSS software I use is available for it too. It just works better or is better integrated in Linux.


RE: Windows, the hole filled waste of an OS.
By omnicronx on 10/14/2010 3:10:16 PM , Rating: 2
Well to be fair, having a home partition is no different that partitioning your drive. Is it transparent to the user in Windows? No.. but the effect is the same.

Backing up config is nice, but I just plain don't do it unless I'm installing the same version. I've had countless amount of trouble restoring profiles to a newer version of a distro.(gonna assume you meant backing up your home folder and package selections)


By Luticus on 10/14/2010 3:29:54 PM , Rating: 2
yea i agree here, though on debain when i went from lenny to the testing version (squeeze) it was a pretty smoothe process (when it worked, now something seems to be broken and every time i try linux won't boot to gui anymore).

i tend to try things out on my vpc first before running the update on my lappy this way i can effectively roll back if it breaks something.


RE: Windows, the hole filled waste of an OS.
By sprockkets on 10/14/2010 4:11:47 PM , Rating: 2
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Well to be fair, having a home partition is no different that partitioning your drive. Is it transparent to the user in Windows? No.. but the effect is the same.


No it isn't, because your user folder ALWAYS is on the same drive as the OS with Windows. It's convenient to use the start menu, and click on your name to access all your files, docs, etc. But you can't use those built in locations if you put all your stuff on a different HDD.

With Linux, /home can be located on any partition or drive. That way, / can be on a SSD and your data and swap (I only need swap to hibernate) on a normal HDD.

Format "c:" and you lose your home folder. You can get around that by simply deleting everything but the user folder, but that requires booting in with the install disc or a Linux boot disc. After that, manually moving over the user data works.


RE: Windows, the hole filled waste of an OS.
By Luticus on 10/14/2010 4:33:25 PM , Rating: 2
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your user folder ALWAYS is on the same drive as the OS with Windows


http://www.w7forums.com/change-location-my-documen...

as you can see from the link you can actually change where your user information is stored on a windows system. however this does not move the profile as a whole, just the users file storage (documents, music, etc.) if you want to move the defualt profile location do this:
http://www.windows7hacker.com/index.php/2009/05/ho...
but honestly is it really THAT big a deal. just save things manually to the second drive and you're done. Not that critical in my opinion.


RE: Windows, the hole filled waste of an OS.
By sprockkets on 10/14/2010 4:47:37 PM , Rating: 2
With Linux it doesn't require any hacking, and I can set it before it gets installed.

Installing Windows, then having to change it later creates a whole mess. Judging by the comments made in the article shows how much of a chore it can be.

I am aware of the environmental variables, but add the feature to the OS during install and at the very least, the control panel, not hacking the registry.


By Luticus on 10/15/2010 11:28:37 AM , Rating: 2
I've got to had it to you that with regards to this feature you're right. it is much easier to plant your home directory on a different partition/hard disk in linux, it's one of the several advantages to going with linux. I think everyone knows linux is a more customizable interface than windows (which is also part of the reason it's more difficult to use for common folk). I was simply stating that you can do that in windows if you want to, not that it was easy.

Persoanlly i believe that linux is great! I'm actually a huge fan of linux! I, however, am also of the opinion that linux is not ready for mass adoption yet and it is not a real comptetitor to windows yet. it's come a long way and it still has a long way to go but i think it certainly has a chance with a lot of the newer distros that are poping up.


RE: Windows, the hole filled waste of an OS.
By omnicronx on 10/14/2010 2:20:47 PM , Rating: 2
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Don't use it so can't say. But I'll bet you that the latest version of SuSE has more drivers than Win7 ever has or will.
Sorry, but you are wrong. It probably supports more hardware out of the box, and certainly supports more hardware via windows update which only requires a network card to access. It is by far the best OS driver wise ever released, much better than its predecessors that is for sure. Suse and Ubuntu have certainly made great strides in the driver department, but they are nowhere close to Windows 7.
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So having a central and easy way to install software is harder than going to each web site and downloading each piece manually?
Ya, if only that were true. What happens if there is not an app on the pre chosen list of repositories? Manual installation of anything can be a pain in the butt with nix, and adding extra repositories for the average user is not exactly fool proof either. Furthermore there is no guarantee the files in the repo will stay up to day. There have been plenty of times where I have had to add an extra repo because the files on the main repository have not been kept up and I needed the new version.

And lets not get started about dependencies.. Even with a repository manager, you will run into issues eventually =P..


RE: Windows, the hole filled waste of an OS.
By sprockkets on 10/14/2010 2:26:41 PM , Rating: 2
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Sorry, but you are wrong. It probably supports more hardware out of the box, and certainly supports more hardware via windows update which only requires a network card to access. It is by far the best OS driver wise ever released, much better than its predecessors that is for sure. Suse and Ubuntu have certainly made great strides in the driver department, but they are nowhere close to Windows 7.


Same with SuSE, you can add more repos to support more hardware like webcams. And SuSE has built in 3D support for most Intel and AMD graphics cards.

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Ya, if only that were true. What happens if there is not an app on the pre chosen list of repositories? Manual installation of anything can be a pain in the butt with nix, and adding extra repositories for the average user is not exactly fool proof either. Furthermore there is no guarantee the files in the repo will stay up to day. There have been plenty of times where I have had to add an extra repo because the files on the main repository have not been kept up and I needed the new version. And lets not get started about dependencies.. Even with a repository manager, you will run into issues eventually =P..


software.opensuse.org

Search and add anything via 1 click. Any repos necessary are added. Packman, VLC, and others are already available built in.


RE: Windows, the hole filled waste of an OS.
By omnicronx on 10/14/2010 2:34:04 PM , Rating: 2
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Same with SuSE, you can add more repos to support more hardware like webcams. And SuSE has built in 3D support for most Intel and AMD graphics cards.
I don't disagree that Suse does the same thing, I disagree with your statements of it being even close to as comprehensive as Windows 7.

(In fact I would disagree that it had more support than previous Windows OS's, Device manufacturers make drivers for Windows, they generally do not for unix based OS's.)

Windows is much easier to use out of box for much more hardware that any version of nix. That is clearly evident.

Nothing wrong with nix (Have been a long time user myself), but lets not kid ourselves here..


RE: Windows, the hole filled waste of an OS.
By sprockkets on 10/14/2010 4:16:39 PM , Rating: 2
Well, either the distro has the driver, or it doesn't. But since it is much more updated than any version of windows, it is better.

Win7 won't support my Dell 700m 855gm Intel video. No driver is made for it. Hacking in the Vista driver fails to work. Dumb, but there it is.

SuSE? Full 3D support out of the box.

Sometimes older hardware gets depreciated while usually Linux keeps it.


By SoCalBoomer on 10/14/2010 6:04:28 PM , Rating: 2
It's not that Win7 won't support your old display, but rather that Intel will not write drivers for it. . .

Everyone blames Microsoft for driver support when they don't write drivers, hardware manufacturers do and Intel is notorious for only supporting those chipsets they actually want to support. . .


By CU on 10/14/2010 4:58:26 PM , Rating: 2
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And SuSE has built in 3D support for most Intel and AMD graphics cards.


Windows has support for all of their cards, not most.


RE: Windows, the hole filled waste of an OS.
By Flunk on 10/14/2010 1:46:50 PM , Rating: 4
There are plenty of Linux viruses too. Your anecdote about not getting viruses for 20 years doesn't hold any water as an argument.

I haven't had any Windows viruses on my systems in 10 years but that doesn't mean that there aren't any Windows viruses. It just means I don't download junk programs and try to run them on my computers.

To be fair I do have a Linux notebook and it hasn't ever had a virus and I find it quite easy to use unless I have a problem and then it gets quite complicated to fix.


RE: Windows, the hole filled waste of an OS.
By mindless1 on 10/15/2010 3:26:18 AM , Rating: 2
Actually it does. This is the stupidity we keep seeing, that people want to argue "it isn't perfect either" when it does not matter if anything is perfect, only that whatever you use, that it is hardened appropriately for the amount it is targeted.

Let's put it another way. Do you put a lock and an armed guard on an outhouse? No, that would be stupid. You guard that which is of value. Unfortunately with Linux you have an outhouse nobody tries to break into but with windows you have what everyone tries to break into and only a sign that reads "buy me I am secure".


By drycrust3 on 10/15/2010 4:29:04 AM , Rating: 2
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Unfortunately with Linux you have an outhouse nobody tries to break into


My experiencing with Ubuntu is that I spend most of my time browsing and using the computer productively, and my recollection of Windows was that I constantly had to tinker and tweak and cajole the computer along so I could browse and use the computer. Maybe that lost time and productivity isn't valuable to you, but it is to me.


RE: Windows, the hole filled waste of an OS.
By rudy on 10/14/2010 4:47:39 PM , Rating: 1
If linux is so much better how come their are millions of infected servers running linux?

I have been doing web work for years and holes in scripts running on linux machines are common place it has happened to me on multiple occasions. The fact is if you are going to exploit an OS you are not going to bother going after linux at the consumer level but at the server level it is a prime and suseptible target. However if you pay close attention to security. You can avoid it, but the same thing is true on windows.

No one builds an entirely secure OS and even if they do the software you run on it is likely to contain flaws.


RE: Windows, the hole filled waste of an OS.
By mindless1 on 10/15/2010 3:29:50 AM , Rating: 2
Nice try avoiding reality... but it didn't work.

Linux is better because it is not targeted as much and because of the open source that allows people to openly discuss and fix flaws.

How is this not obvious? Wear blinders all the time??

Your web work was piss poor OR you are being deliberately biased if you do not accept that the vast majority of the time it is a windows server compromised... which would be fine considering windows market force, IF it were free too!


RE: Windows, the hole filled waste of an OS.
By Luticus on 10/15/2010 11:49:05 AM , Rating: 2
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Linux is better because it is not targeted as much
Now you sound like a mac user...

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open source that allows people to openly discuss and fix flaws
and for hackers to easily find them... unfortunately open source works both ways.

Windows machines get compromised because they are often poorly configured. You don't know how many times i've seem complete morons make their domain controller a web server as well, or people install exchange on the primary domain controller, or some other dumb crap. If you want to consolidate servers at least virtualize!

hell at one place i worked the people used their server as a freaking workstation and i can't even count the number of viruses infecting their system!

Sad... So sad...

So yes, windows machines are in fact infected more than linux machines, but traditionally if you're smart enough to deploy and manage a linux server then you're smart enough to not get your system infected! on the other hand any idiot can get a windows server up and running, might not be able to administrate it or install things on it or even secure it but they can get it up and running and that's all it takes really.


By mindless1 on 10/16/2010 2:02:13 AM , Rating: 2
How about the simple truth instead of trying to pretend forethought cancels reality?

The reality is, windows is a target. Far far moreso than any other possible choice. Period. Choose to be a target and then you are left with no consolation except hoping your target isn't ever targeted.

Windows is like having a car with the key left in the ignition and the automaker claiming that is more secure than if you only had push button start.

The facts are out there. The most insecure OS on earth is still inherently more secure than windows just because it isn't windows... Those who don't have a target painted on their backs, need not run from fire when others do.


By priusone on 10/14/2010 5:37:23 PM , Rating: 1
My redneck Aunt and Uncle, who will spend $1000 for a pink pig looking BBQ, but refuse to pay $369 for a bottom of the line new PC are surely candidates for a used computer running linux, right?

I spent $25 on an eight year old system for them, found a version of linux that would be user friendly for them, installed it and gave it to them.

Since then, I have installed Windows XP because they couldn't download the advertised poker games or the deer hunter games, and so on. I brought by a hackintosh, but had the same problem. After my (insert retartedly large number) reinstallation of XP, I finally ghosted the machine and showed my nephew how to use the ghost CD's.

So, is Microsoft to blame? I'm sure you would say yes, but in reality, Microsoft does a good job at trying to make a semi userfirnedly OS that is hacker unfriendly. Now, how many people out there have no clue how to do anything other than www.farcebook.com and download the occasional spyware? Lots.


By themaster08 on 10/15/2010 1:37:35 AM , Rating: 1
How many updates has your Linux distro had to endure today?


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