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
"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
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.
quote: 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.
quote: So having a central and easy way to install software is harder than going to each web site and downloading each piece manually?
quote: 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.
quote: 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..
quote: 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.
quote: And SuSE has built in 3D support for most Intel and AMD graphics cards.