Generic malware names – what can be done

28Jan12

The trend with generic, unbranded rogue parasite named continues. Although many computer users understand, that generic terms are not used without company name, inexperienced computer users can fall for a scam like Internet Security 2012 or similar. Although Microsoft’s name is implied in most of such rogues, this makes difficult to verify if the program is legitimate or not. In the most cases it is a scam.

Most of the problem is the result of architecture that allows installing 3rd party applications on any PC. Other platforms have either a common repositories or application stores. Bad applications will get removed very fast in both cases. There is hope that Windows 8 will fix this further, as there are plans to introduce Windows App store for it as well. However, large amount of legacy systems will not be gone in single day. Some people still use Windows XP, which is quite old already. Heck, some use Windows 98 too.

So is there hope that malware and parasites will disappear from Windows PCs? I do not think so. Other systems are susceptible too, so there are poor chances for malware to vanish completely. However, there is a lot of space for improvement. For example, force-virtualizing non-app store applications, pre-installing MSE with ability to upgrade and so on. And most important, educating users about PC threats and secure computing.

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