A few weeks ago, Microsoft released its 2008 Security and Intelligence Report. In it, they detail a number of interesting trends. One is how much the Malicious Software Removal Tool removes per operating system infection.
The infection rate for Windows Vista is significantly lower than that of its predecessor, Windows XP, in all configurations. Specifically:
The higher the service pack level, the lower the rate of infection. This trend can be observed consistently across client and server operating systems. There are two reasons for this:
Dare I say that if users upgrade their operating systems, we'd see fewer botnets? Maybe, maybe not. But it seems to make sense.
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So what you're saying here is that the MSRT is *itself* spyware in that it reports its results back to the mothership?
Fabulous. Makes me even more glad I switched to Linux for my home use.