AutoRun malware infections declining

Summary:Microsoft is observing a 59% decline of AutoRun malware infections on XP, followed by 74% on Vista.

Following February's update issued by Microsoft limiting the propagation of AutoRun-based malware on Windows XP, the company has just reported that the move is working and that Microsoft is observing a significant decline in the propagation of AutoRun-based malware.

More specifically, the company is observing a 59% decline on XP, followed by 74% on Vista in comparison to the 2010 infection rates:

  • 62 percent decrease on Windows XP SP 3
  • 68 percent decrease on Windows Vista SP 1
  • 82 percent decrease on Windows Vista SP 2

Millions of users continue using pirated Windows copies, preventing them from obtaining the latest Windows Updates, thereby exposing themselves to malware attacks.

Why do you think users continue using pirated copies of Microsoft's products, thereby exposing themselves to security risks? Does software piracy really lead to higher malware infection rates?

What do you think?


Topics: Security, Microsoft, Windows


Dancho Danchev is an independent security consultant and cyber threats analyst, with extensive experience in open source intelligence gathering, and cybercrime incident response. He's been an active security blogger since 2007, and maintains a popular security blog sharing real-time threats intelligence data with the rest of the community... Full Bio

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