In spite of the claim produced by Microsoft, Windows 7 is virus prone – a study shows. Though during the launch of the all new and much awaited OS Windows 7, Microsoft had gone thru a lot of safety features to offer. They specialized their Win7 orientation on security of the OS – protection from viruses and malware.
Sophos, a security firm, conducted a test for the operating system no wonder the Win 7. According to Chester Wisniewski of Sophos (blog post
) – they loaded up a machine with a fresh version of Windows 7, and left all the User Account Control options at default. Then, they grabbed the next 10 unique virus samples that arrived in the SophosLabs feed to see how well the newer, more secure version of Windows and UAC held up.
“Unfortunately, despite Microsoft’s claims, Windows 7 disappointed just like earlier versions of Windows. The good news is that, of the freshest 10 samples that arrived, 2 would not operate correctly under Windows 7,” Wisniewski writes.
Lesson learned? You still need to run anti-virus on Windows 7. A viable option could be the new, free Microsoft Security Essentials
suite that the company has launched recently. Ars Technica
reported a few days ago on an antivirus comparison by AV-Comparative that puts Microsoft Security Essentials as the best free anti-virus solution out there, ahead of names like AVG, Avast and Avira.