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Malware Tsunami May Hit Windows XP Soon, Microsoft Warned

Windows XP users are already warned of the higher degree of vulnerability toward malware attack than Windows 7 or Windows 8. But, some stubborn stragglers are yet to move an inch from Windows XP OS to migrate to Win7 or 8. Finally, here is another warning which came from Microsoft stating that Windows XP users will be exposed to a sea of malevolent security threats.

No security updates for Windows XP

Tim Rains from Director of Trustworthy Computing at Microsoft warned Windows XP users through a TechNet blog post that Windows XP operating system will no longer be entitled to security updates starting from April 8, 2014 as Microsoft has withdrawn its support for Windows XP Service Pack 2. Therefore, this version of Windows OS will be prone to 66 percent greater rate of infection than Windows XP Service Pack 3.

After Windows XP Service Pack 2, the Service Pack 3 users are expected to receive similar results later when Microsoft will pull out final updates for this version. As a result, Windows XP version is likely to be susceptible to tsunami of malware attack. Microsoft recommends Windows XP stragglers to migrate to Windows 8 as this latest OS is the least, about six times lesser vulnerable to malware attacks.

So, are you worried about how you can overcome or prevent your Windows XP-based computer against malware attacks? Until you decide upgrading to Windows 8, just try this free antivirus to arm your PC with the combined security of antivirus, anti-malware, anti-spyware, anti-rootkit, browser protection and many other inevitable security protection – download TechGenie Free AntiVirus today!

Windows XP Six Times More Susceptible to Hacking Than Windows 8

Are you yet not ready to bid adieu to Windows XP operating system even after Microsoft has stopped support for this version within coming six months? If not, then you need to plunge at the idea of migrating to Windows 8 or 7 in order to keep PCs safe from hackers. That’s right! Windows XP has been discovered to be an easier target of hackers as this version of operating system has sported higher rate of vulnerability toward malware infection than its later versions.

Mike Reavey, the general manager of Microsoft’s Trustworthy Computing, has revealed in a keynote presentation at the RSA Conference in Amsterdam. He gathered statistics and data from real-world computers running Windows OS and concluded “Windows XP is six times more likely to be infected than Windows 8, even though it has the same malware encounter rate. “There are over one billion Windows machines online and we can use them to track malware.”

According to the data, Windows XP and Windows Vista-based computers are found to be have infected by about 16% malware attacks. With such rate of malware attacks registered on Windows XP and Vista, these two versions are turned out to be about 19% more vulnerable to malware threats than Windows 7 and 12% more vulnerable than Windows 8. Of 1000 Windows-based computers been scanned, about 9.1 Windows XP SP3-based computers were known to be prone to malware infection, whereas an average 5.5 Windows Vista computers in 1000 had encountered malware, about 4.9 Windows 7-based computers and only 1.6 Windows 8 machines had malware infection out of 1000. Hence, Windows XP has been discovered six times more unsafe than Windows 8 in terms of malware infection.

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Is your reputation worth $15?

Here’s a scary thought: Malwares are getting greedy nowadays. A computer malware has infected PCs using an online file sharing site and has blackmailed more than 5500 users. Hoo boy!

BBC reported that a computer malware, known as Kenzero, has managed to invade computer systems posing as a game installation file from Winni, a popular file-sharing site. Winni has 200M users around the world. Kenzero homes in on illicit downloads of Hentai games. Hentai in Japanese means metamorphosis, but over the years, the meaning of the term itself metamorphosed into meaning anime, manga, or games with a pornographic nature.

Kenzero poses as a game installation and asks for personal details from its unwitting victims. It then posts a screenshot of the victim’s browser history in a public website. For the screen shot to be deleted, Kenzero makers, send an e-mail and ask for 1500 yen ($15) to settle the “copyright violation”. Talk about compromising situations.

The public website that hosts the ‘evidence’ is registered under Romancing Inc. and it under a pseudonym Shoen Overns. Apparently, Kenzero makers are from an established gang according to Trend Micro Senior Security Advisor, Ric Ferguson. Trend Micro is monitoring the ransomware’s involvement in Japan.

Other ransomware also feed on copyright infringement. Another case cropped up in European countries as well according to BBC. The ransomware from ICPP supposedly scans for materials violating copyright laws in computers and demands for $400 for a “pre-trial settlement”. To up the ante, the fictitious company warns of court sanctions and imprisonment if the victim tries to ignore the warning and fails to give in their credit card details. The company, however, does not want the $400, instead it sells the victim’s credit info to other entities.

Lesson learned here people, if you have a fetish, download from reputable sites. In the case of pornography, however, much of online websites offering these services are either riddled with other forms of malware or just want a free reign at dipping into your credit card accounts.

It is important therefore to note that it is never a good thing to be gullible while using the Internet. Internet users have to start taking adequate steps to avoid malware infection. A big step would be to steer clear of suspicious sites offering free downloads, hacks, cracks and pornography.

If fetishes are your thing, make sure you never disclose any of your personal information. As in never. Anyone or any site that pretends it can cater to your needs but asks for your personal information is not even worth a few seconds of your time. It would help if you would subscribe to an online banking system that would protect your credit card details. Most secure sites offer secure log-in. Take note of the https:// in the URL of your log-in page.

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