According to Symantec, malware's million mark was reached in the latter portion of 2007(1). In 2006 Microsoft released a report stating that for fifteen months their malware removal tool scanned and found 16 million instances of malicious software on 5.7 million unique Windows-based computers.(2) For the month of March 2010 1,456,524 give or take a few computers were infected.(3) Keep in mind this is just one report from a on-access scanner. Which literally means the anti-virus software was downloaded and installed and run a scan for the first time which found the malware. For some time now I have checked the stats on what the malware is up too. How much malware is there? How many computers were infected? How many websites? ...So how many websites were infected? Sophos detected an average of roughly 5,000 infected Web pages a day for 2007.(4) Then in 2008 they detected an average of around 15,000 infected Web pages a day. 79 percent of those 15,000 are legitimate websites. In 2008 Symantec observed an average of 75,158 active bot-infected computers per day.(5) Today Trend Micro reports 26,669 computers were scanned this past 24 hours, and found to be infected after a scan done by HouseCall, on-line virus scanner for PC. In the past thirty days Trend Micro's on-line scanner HouseCall scanned and found 16,488,049 infected computers.(6) That number is rising every second you read this article. Kaspersky noted In 2009, the system for analyzing vulnerabilities identified 404 different vulnerabilities, and a total of 461,828,538 vulnerable files and applications were detected on users’ computers. They analyzed the 20 most common vulnerabilities, which made up 90% (415,608,137) of all vulnerable files and applications identified on computers running their anti-virus software.(7) The number of computers infected with Conficker.A or Conficker.B dropping from a high of around 6.7 million in late October 2009 to around 6.3 million machines in January 2010. The number of Conficker.C infections has declined from 400,000 computers in late October 2009 to roughly 280,000 in January 2010.(8)(9)
The number of malware (malicious software) samples that Symantec saw in 2009 was 71% higher than in 2008. In total, Symantec identified almost 2.9 million items of malicious code during that 12 month period. (10) Amazing? I just wanted you to see some numbers here so you could grasp somewhat of a count. Keep in mind that I just gave you stats from just a few websites over a few years. It is no where near the total for all infected computers. It does not give a accurate count on total on-line, and on-access scans for ALL computers active on the Internet today, and a few years past. Plus at any time the number of malware can change. You are just seeing a small percentage of the amount of infected computers online. You need to see these numbers because, just having someone tell you to keep your computer secure is not enough. Today's computer users are vast. You are always a target. Regardless if you are reading e-mail, or visiting a webpage you are at risk. This also is regardless if the e-mail or website you are visiting or reading has a good reputation or not. It does not matter. YOU are a target. YOU need to have a secure computer. Security list links: http://newbies-pc.com/8896/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=91:security-links-a-must-have&catid=47:security Some of these links are pdf files (1)http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/print/9075518/Malware_count_blows_past_1M_mark (2)http://blog.washingtonpost.com/securityfix/2006/06/microsoft_releases_malware_sta.html (3)http://www.securelist.com/en/analysis/204792106/Monthly_Malware_Statistics_March_2010 (4)http://www.toptechnews.com/story.xhtml?story_id=59415 (5)http://eval.symantec.com/mktginfo/enterprise/white_papers/b-whitepaper_internet_security_threat_report_xiv_04-2009.en-us.pdf (6)http://wtc.trendmicro.com/wtc/default.asp (7)http://www.securelist.com/en/analysis/204792101/Kaspersky_Security_Bulletin_2009_Statistics_2009 (8)http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9145018/Conficker_worm_hasn_t_gone_away_Akamai_says? (9)http://www.confickerworkinggroup.org/wiki/pmwiki.php/ANY/InfectionTracking (10)http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/8630160.stm
Some people would turn their back on a online membership for wallpapers, or any type website asking for a membership fee. I know I have many times. A lot of those times it was on websites that I frequent often. One such website I visit is called "Digital Blasphemy" owned and operated by Ryan Bliss. This website has been online since 1998, and member supported sense 1999. The owner Ryan Bliss is a self-taught computer artist. I decided to take the plunge and do a trial version of his website. The trial setup was easy, I had no headaches from the experience. I give him kudos points for having a $15.00 membership for 90 days. In today's economy there is nothing that will stop you short of trying something out like a website that wants you to pay 50 bucks for thirty to sixty days for a trial membership. My only gripe about Ryan's website is his trialpay affiliation. This is where you get 90 days free at Digital Blasphemy by signing up for (not so free offers to other companies) In case you are wondering you are better off paying the 15 bucks for the trial at Digital Blasphemy instead of going for those offers at trialpay.com. Now on to Digital Blasphemy's perks, and that all wanting to know question of... "Just what is Digital Blasphemy?" Digital Blasphemy is a 3d wallpaper site, and not just your average wallpaper either. Digital Blasphemy has wallpapers for everything including your mobile phone, iphone, pocket pc, and psp. They have widescreen, dual screen, triple screen. They also have split screen for those with the dual monitors who want to carry the same eye candy from one monitor to the next. They have just about any type resolution you could think of. On the website is 20 free wallpapers available for download by none members, and over 650 available for members and always growing. The major feel of the wallpapers are "night scenery" "planet scapes" "interiors" "day scenery" and "abstracts" But they do have "holidays", and a area called the "pickle-jar", plus they have a small collection of animations. The wallpapers are just breath taking. Some have a sci-fi feel to them also. In case you are wondering what the pickle-jar is... The Pickle Jar contains variations on the images featured in the gallery. The image Ryan is happiest with goes in the gallery and the extras go into the Pickle Jar. How's that for cool? I did lots of snooping around Ryans website and found myself in the pickle-jar looking at images that were night versions, or day versions, different color themes, or Evolutionary Variations. Some people favor different colors, others prefer a certain time of day, while others the work evolves into something different. The wallpapers can be located by date in case you want to see how Ryan Bliss progressed over the years. For a added appeal of the whole website you can download zip files of just those wallpapers that will fit your desktop. Be prepared though. I downloaded the widescreen 1920 x 1080 HD and it was a walloping 172mbs. But after going though my new collection, I am not at all upset over the size of it. It is that good! Also if you are brave enough, and have time to spare, you can view his whole collection one at a time. Or you can view by -- His new collection, by year, top rated, mobile phone, iphone, pocket pc, widescreen, dual screen, triple screen, animated, and psp. Oh! and be sure to check out the animated section there is one there called "Singularity" that you have to see! Digital Blasphemy also has a store where you can purchase calendars, posters, cups, and art work on tee shirts. This website is a great find, and well worth a look at. Be prepared to be mesmerized, your desktop will never be the same again. Not even your cell phone for that fact.This website is well worth the membership fee. Thanks Ryan for being a great asset to the Internet. digitalblasphemy.com
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It was the final unanswered question about Windows 7. But now, thanks to numerous reader reports, my own hands-on experience, and a briefing with the team at Microsoft responsible for this technology, I think we have some answers. Sadly, Microsoft is still making it difficult to clean install Windows 7 with Upgrade media, as it did with Windows Vista. But fear not, there is some good news. While you can't simply use Upgrade media to do a clean install of Windows 7 on a new or previously formatted PC, the workarounds this time are easier than ever. And that's what this article is all about: Revealing the secrets to clean-installing Windows 7 with Upgrade media. - Paul