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Expert: Windows 7 More Prone To Malware

At least one researcher is saying that Microsoft's decision to reduce the number of security messages that its new operating system, Windows 7, delivers when users install software makes its more vulnerable to "malware" infection. "[User Account Control] was neutered too much by Microsoft," says Chester Wisniewski, a senior security adviser at Sophos PLC. UAC is a Windows security feature that Microsoft debuted with Vista, and prompts users for their consent before allowing a task such as the installation of a program or a device driver to take place. Users complained about what they considered constant intrusions, so Microsoft modified UAC so it appears less frequently in Windows 7. Bad idea, says Wisniewski.

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