In mid-January, Microsoft officially stopped supporting the Windows 7 operating system. After a few weeks, its users were faced with technical problems and the company’s obsessive offer to upgrade to a more current version of the OS. Now, the malware creators began to “smoke” users of the “seven”. Webroot experts noted a record increase in the number of viruses targeting PCs running obsolete OSes.
During the study, company analysts examined over 37 billion links, 842 million domains, 4 billion IP addresses, and 31 million active mobile applications. According to a published report , 93.6% of the malware analyzed were “targeted” to the Windows 7 platform, which was a record high for the entire history of observations.
The recorded growth in the number of exploits for legacy versions of Windows amounted to 360%, while most of it fell on Windows 7. There was also a significant increase in the number of infected devices belonging to ordinary users, and not to companies – twice. 35% of “affected” computers were infected with the virus two or more times; 10% have faced threats more than six times.
According to experts, given the cessation of official support from Microsoft and the fact that the “seven” will no longer receive security updates for home PCs, in the future the situation can only worsen.