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It's easy for people to pick at Windows for being prone to virus and malware attacks. It's almost a given belief that if you're running a PC with a Windows operating system, you're much more susceptible to attacks than users with other operating systems. But let's quickly look at the reasons for this. First, it isn't really Microsoft's fault. It isn't that Windows is technically inferior, it's that the majority of the world runs on Windows. This fact alone is very attractive for any virus coder or exploiter. As a virus writer, you'd want to attack the majority, not the minority.
Linux is virus free (as I am aware), not virus proof. The reason there are no circulating Linux viruses is because when one is found, it is usually copied to a disk and examined by hackers that work on Linux in that area. So within a couple of days, they would have a fix out and no one is able to be effected by it anymore. That is why it is virus free (as we know, but could be wrong). Unlike with windows, any viruses (that aren't paid off by virus scanner companies) are never quarantined by windows and they don't have the good track record of reverse engineering the viruses as the Linux/ FOSS communities do.
It's not invincible people, just protected by a shield that is strong than windows' shield.
Last edited by texasone; 02-21-2009 at 12:04 PM.
Reason: spelling error
Yes this is true. But you're not the kind of user who'll get the virus.
The problem is that 99% of new users (think netbooks, Dell, Ubuntu…) will be clueless and use Gnome or KDE. And there's nothing wrong with that: those are familiar environments, where most things can easily be found and most tasks can easily be done. They could get the virus!