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Rootkit Malware Spreading Is Mainly Caused By Windows XP - New Findings
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Rootkit Malware Spreading is Mainly Caused by Windows XP - New Findings

Are you still using Windows XP? A lot of people still using Windows XP. They are still using it for so many reasons. Windows XP is still very popular. It is quite shocking to find it out two years after the release of Windows 7, the population of Windows XP is still at majority 58% while popularity of Windows 7 is merely 31%, according to a report at Computerworld.

Unfortunately, Windows XP, especially the unpatched SP2 version, has some lack of security mechanism which it's younger brother, Windows 7, are pretty good at. Those lack of security mechanisms are including patchguard and driver signing. Those lack of security mechanisms could be the entry door for the rootkit malware.

Rootkit malware is a kind of malicious software that once installed it gives the attacker an entry door to access the target computer. It gives the attacker the privileges to serve variety of goals. It could be used to steal private data or to run some hidden application without the permission of the computer administrator of computer user. Rootkit installed itself in a boot sector of a computer, which make it difficult for traditional antimalware software to detect and to remove.

Through a recent sturdy, Avast has found out that from 630,000 infections, 74% of rootkit infection was came from Windows XP operating system. While only 12% came from Windows 7. This could be explained by the lack of security mechanism of Windows XP as discussed above. This also came from the fact that 49% of Avast windows based user is still running on Windows 7. We could almost conclude that rootkit malware is "Windows XP malware".

So, why are so many people stubbornly keep their Windows XP? There are so many reasons that people stay on Windows XP. One reason that I find is that for some people they already got everything that they want from Windows XP. Windows XP can already do anything they want their computer to do. So why should they have to upgrade? In addition, it could be that their computer specification could not meet the minimum specification of Windows 7. An OS upgrade could mean hardware upgarade also in this case.

Off course there is a possibility that people are using the pirated version of Windows XP, and they are afraid if they upgrade it they could lose the privilege due to anti-piracy measures of new version. As we all know, Windows XP SP2 is not supported anymore by Microsoft, which makes it more vulnerable to new variant of Windows XP malware or Windows XP virus.

If you want to keep your Windows XP it is your decision. You could have so many reasons to keep it. I am just advising you to take counter measure for the Windows XP malware, especially for the rootkit infection. You can use updated antimalware software to scan your computer thoroughly and to remove any infections. An updated version of antimalware software which has live protection such as file guard, surf protection and behavior blocker could also make a good defense against the Windows XP malware.


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