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Windows XP Malware: 6X As Bad As Windows 8
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moarsauce123
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moarsauce123,
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11/5/2013 | 12:21:51 PM
re: Windows XP Malware: 6X As Bad As Windows 8
And how many years did users ignore that self-serving advice and stuck with XP? XP might not be the most secure OS, but it is secure enough and does the trick using hardware that works well. Throughout the years additional measures added the security that XP lacks. Moving to Win7 and especially Win8 is for many only an expense with zero benefit because they will only accomplish exactly as much as with XP and potentially even less. Also, Microsoft was incredibly successful in breeding the IE6-only web app ecosystem. That is the core reason why people stick with XP. Maybe Microsoft needs to build an ++berquirks mode that makes IE11 misbehave like IE6. And even then, upgrading Windows just costs too much.
jimbo0117
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11/4/2013 | 2:41:11 PM
re: Windows XP Malware: 6X As Bad As Windows 8
Why is this still news? How many years now has MS been giving notice that people need to get off of XP?
mak63
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11/2/2013 | 8:48:12 PM
re: Windows XP Malware: 6X As Bad As Windows 8
April 8, 2014 will be known as Doomsday XP. Quoting the great Nibbler, "the universe is doomed, doomed"
mak63
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11/2/2013 | 8:44:36 PM
re: Windows XP Malware: 6X As Bad As Windows 8
I agree with the last part of your comment a 100 %
sjacks98202
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11/2/2013 | 1:59:59 AM
re: Windows XP Malware: 6X As Bad As Windows 8
Locking down systems e.g. softeware install policies, no user admin login, no local admin, change flash, browser, et al login to least privileged (not system), and other good security policy goes a long way but you will get push back from "power lusers" (c.f. Vista). Users get ticked off when autorun or upnp is turned off, have to wait for their USB key is scanned.

We've setup XP embedded systems using "Syslogon" (basically user logs on as system early in the boot process)(does.not load winlogon baggage) and as configured withstood attacks that hacked Win7.
sjacks98202
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11/2/2013 | 1:41:26 AM
re: Windows XP Malware: 6X As Bad As Windows 8
We are an SMB solution provider with occasional Enterprise branch office projects. Windows XP (including Server 2003) is used on ~50% of all our customers' machines. A generous 2% for Windows 8 and 2012. Half of the dozen Win8 machines have had one or more malware incidents. We have had most of our malware tickets on the ~25% Windows 7 machines. Of malware on XP much of it was Java exploits, Office macros, Flash, etc that SMBs require for their business software.

Perhaps Microsoft is is pointing out XP because "leaks like a sieve" Windows Defender is not default on XP. Note that this statistic about how bad XP is comes from a time when XP is actively being patched by Microsoft. Hint: if you look at your Windows Update, see the gigabyte of Security Updates for previous Microsoft Updates. Currently have about 30 customers' computers on Windows 2000 and have not had a malware incident for the last 10 years (when Microsoft stopped supporting it; no updates.) MS, et al, assume 3 year upgrade cycle whereas actual is 5-7 years (more due to current economic depression) and many upgraded to XP ~2005. The cost of upgrading is doubled by newer OS hardware requirements (these people aren't gamers, they run point-of-sales and accounting software). This extra cost is further increased by inability of NT 6 codebase OS (and newer IE) to run customers' applications.

Windows XP (and Windows 2000) can continue functioning reliably if good anti-malware software and a satisfactory firewall are included. User training and Email anti-malware is a MUST.
shjacks55
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11/1/2013 | 11:14:32 PM
re: Windows XP Malware: 6X As Bad As Windows 8
Nope. Just bad programming.
shjacks55
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11/1/2013 | 11:12:48 PM
re: Windows XP Malware: 6X As Bad As Windows 8
Precompiled Ubuntu is a memory pig, not a great idea, probably why you think it is slow. Virtual Box will run on (older) systems without VT extensions (or "make" your own distro with QEMU). Other Virtualization solutions. BSD and WinPE have a smaller footprint than Linux kernel. KVM virtualization support is like HyperV quite a bit faster. I've setup Unix/VMware Player Virtualization on customer machines (Hardware) that XP doesn't support when they wish to downgrade their licenses. XP VHDs are readily available; also note VPC and Virtual Server can run on WinPE.

Win8 apparently has HyperV for 32-bit, but HyperV (on purpose?) does not work well with XP.
shjacks55
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11/1/2013 | 10:49:24 PM
re: Windows XP Malware: 6X As Bad As Windows 8
We recently did contract work to upgrade several top 20 Banks from Green Screen (DOS 4.0) apps. The Bank Tellers on Vista are not upgrading next year.
moarsauce123
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10/31/2013 | 10:48:32 PM
re: Windows XP Malware: 6X As Bad As Windows 8
I was wondering how this is done and was not impressed in the end. This is basically a Linux distro made to look like Apple's OS X and the "runs Windows" claim comes courtesy of Oracle's VirtualBox which has a host of issues, most notably it is dreadfully slow. Also, if you have any peripherals that do not have a Linux driver or that cannot be accessed from within VirtualBox you are out of luck. Ah yes, and you need of course a Windows DVD (or CD for XP) and a valid license. So if you have one of these off the shelf systems that did not come with Windows DVDs then forget about this.
Also, you might as well install Ubuntu and download VirtualBox and get probably a much better Linux distro to begin with. RoboLinux is really nothing special except for the preconfigured VM.
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