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Windows 7's malware infection rate climbs, XP's falls

Gregg Keizer | May 12, 2011
But Windows 7 remains nearly five times less likely to get nailed by hackers, says Microsoft.

"We're still seeing a decrease [in infection rates] for the newer operating systems," said Williams. "And with the broader adoption of Windows 7, more customers are protected."

Microsoft has said it sold more than 350 million Windows 7 licenses since the edition debuted in October 2009.

Microsoft's latest security intelligence report can be downloaded from the company's Web site.

Windows infection rate
Windows 7's and Vista's infection rate climbed during 2010, but XP's fell. (Data: Microsoft)


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