SophosLabs Sets Out to Prove Windows 7 Has Some Vulnerabilities

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gendoikari1

So Sophos proves that an operating system is vulnerable to viruses when it doesn't have any anti-virus software installed. Must be a slow news day.

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K0BALT

Avast! ftw

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Looksback

This isn't much of a news item.  I have never read anywhere that Windows 7 UAC eliminated the need for antivirus - in fact you will be nagged about installing AV by the security settings advisor if it doesn't detect that you have one running.

Did Sophos "run" executable viruses while logged in with administrator priveledges to see if they would be blocked without AV?  I would be very interested to know what level of UAC they were testing at, assuming that it didn't pop a warning when enabled at the highest setting.  Otherwise, what did they expect?

A link to the Sophos "test" would be useful where the information is so minimal.

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mesiah

The test was done with the default setting for UAC not the max setting. And you are right, UAC was never meant to be a replacement for virus protection, merely an extra layer of protection.

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nekollx

 and between UAC, Windows Defender, and the new MS AV you have no excuse for not having atleast basic protection.

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Zefir

http://www.sophos.com/blogs/chetw/g/2009/11/03/windows-7-vulnerable-8-10-viruses/

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Looksback

Thanks!

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nforce

good old AVG

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