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27-10-2001, 06:28 PM
Just wondering whether Linux or Windows is more likely to get seriously affected by a virus. And which has more chance of getting a virus.

Cheers
JM

27-10-2001, 07:09 PM
Windows is far more likely to be affected by viruses as most viruses are written for it and comparatively few for Linux, mainly due to the design of the operating systems.

It is much harder to create viruses that will effectively spread in Linux systems as it has levels of access and a much less open design that Windows has to make it more user friendly.

27-10-2001, 08:00 PM
A while ago a company that sells a linux virus scanner admitted that there were only 7 viruses they knew of and none of them were in the wild.

Eight if you include the unix virus which people seem to be sending around:
'You have been hit by the UNIX virus! It works on the honor system. Please forward this message to everyone you know and delete a bunch of your files at random.' :-)

If your looking for something to do, there is a guy in the UK that is offering 10000 pounds to anyone who can manage to infect their linux box.

28-10-2001, 12:04 PM
What a load of cobblers! The reason there are more viruses for windows is due to the fact that so many more people use it.

28-10-2001, 04:47 PM
There are problems, but most of the major security holes have been discovered in the 3 decades of UNIX. Don't run at root level. Maybe it's also that most users are responsible....