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[News] [Rival] Microsoft Windows Top Applications Are Illness Related

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Anti-virus dominates PC application sales chart

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| According to research group NPD, this month's list of top 10 PC software 
| applications contains 3 video games, 1 productivity tool and 6 
| anti-virus/security tools. It's amazing that Microsoft has created more of a 
| market for applications that fix the problems Windows causes than it has for 
| entertainment or business.    


He then gives a list. Windows continues to be {Cancer on the Internet}^TM.


Bots rule in cyberspace

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| USA TODAY REPORTS that on an average day, 40 per cent of the 800 million 
| computers connected to the Internet are bots used to send out spam, viruses 
| and to mine for sensitive personal data.  


Trend, Sophos and McAfee flunk Vista SP1 anti-virus tests

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| Top tier anti-virus vendors including McAfee, Trend Micro, and Sophos all 
| failed to secure Windows Vista SP1 in recent independent tests. 


Botnets Running Rampant

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| How much money is being stolen by cybercriminals? No one knows, and no one 
| even knows how to go about coming up with that number, IronPort's Peterson 
| said.  


Malware, Spam, and other Net Pests Rev Up

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| The number of malware detections has grown by almost half a million since the
| end of the year, jumping from 500,000 total detections to 900,000.
| "I have a nasty feeling that the situation is getting worse, not better",
| says Mikko Hypponen, chief research officer for the security vendor.


New Massive Botnet Twice the Size of Storm

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| Damballa predicts that even now that Kraken has been outed, it will continue 
| growing at least in the near-term -- up to at least 600,000 new bots by 
| mid-April. Its bots are prolific, too: The firm has seen single Kraken bots 
| sending out up to 500,000 pieces of spam in a day.   

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