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IT-security-gladiator
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10/30/2013 | 6:05:27 PM
re: Windows XP Malware: 6X As Bad As Windows 8
I am IT consultant all over Asia to help secure companies pc's and servers from malware. With the new morphing viruses I had to get really creative and innvoative to bring a real solution to the table that works. The anti virus software etc just can't protect them from morphing i.e. changing malware anymore.

So I found this commercial Linux OS that cocoons all versions of Windows: i.e. 7 & XP inside a very innovative and specialized VM so that the users data files are saved to a Linux partition while the Windows OS & software is initially backed up and stored in just one .vdi file safely inside the Linux partition, which contains their original Windows installation with all its programs too. So when they get hit with a morphing virus it takes them only one click to restore their original copy of Windows and of course since their data is always safe inside the Linux partition and fully read writable from the Windows OS with bookmarked folders there is no downtime as it only takes seconds to click on their Robolinux menu option that restores their original perfect Windows Virtual Machine back to the way it was before the virus struck them.

The result is they are completely immune to all Windows malware.

I can barely keep up with the demand for it. Check it out: Google Robolinux.
Aroper-VEC
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10/30/2013 | 6:09:32 PM
re: Windows XP Malware: 6X As Bad As Windows 8
That's a clever solution for quick remediation, but it does not offer true "protection". Further, the EU can still download and save an infected file in their Linux partition and then re-infect the restored VM just as easily by executing or opening the corrupted files.
IT-security-gladiator
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10/30/2013 | 6:12:35 PM
re: Windows XP Malware: 6X As Bad As Windows 8
Nice try but you are dead wrong. Apparently you have no clue how it works. I can safely bet you do not have Robolinux on any PC or laptop.
KyleS211
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10/31/2013 | 1:39:12 PM
re: Windows XP Malware: 6X As Bad As Windows 8
I always wonder when I see these kind of articles if MS creates some of this Malware just to get people to move on to their next OS? The timing is always suspicious. Just saying.
TerryB
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10/31/2013 | 5:23:53 PM
re: Windows XP Malware: 6X As Bad As Windows 8
Dude, I never even heard of it and doubt many other people have either. So how is the support cost of running two completely different o/s, not to mention paying a security contractor like you. Doubt it would pass a risk/reward analysis outside of the most critical businesses like banking. Getting a virus and cleaning it up would be more cost effective.
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.
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.
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 | 11:14:32 PM
re: Windows XP Malware: 6X As Bad As Windows 8
Nope. Just bad programming.
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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.
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