More and more people are falling in love with Linux as a desktop operating system. However, like a cult fiction, Linux is still invisible to much of the public eye. Windows remains the reigning champion of the OS world. More users are migrating to Linux’s open source elysium each year, and part of what’s sending them there is the desire to escape the persecution of viruses in the Windows world. In this entry, we will compare and contrast Windows and Linux malware issues.
Windows: You May Want to Get Tested for That
Almost all Windows systems come pre-configured with either fully fledged or trial version antivirus software. This is more than bells or whistles; this is mandatory wisdom. There are over two millino different malware programs designed to target Windows. Windows itself works to protect you from many of these, and in reality there are only a few thousand left which pose a threat. Most of these can be weeded out by your antivirus program.
However, not all can be weeded out so easily. Due to a lack of security in software installation, Windows systems are vulnerable to a plethora of viruses. Much of the malware is “smart enough” to interfere directly with your antivirus program, which means that some of these bugs will require a full reinstall of your system.
Windows works actively to fix reported bugs, crashes, and malware issues. Typically, it provides a solution after about a month. Some fixes have taken notably longer.
Linux: You’re Safe with Us
Linux isn’t virus free. There are, in fact, nearly a thousand different types of malware which target it. Yes, a thousand – or about point zero five percent of what Windows has. Many of these viruses are actually spread through Windows systems that are linked to Linux systems.
The absolute rarity of viruses means that most Linux users don’t even use a virus blocker. However, if you want to protect yourself completely there are options such as Panda Security and ClamAV.
Most reported malware issues, bugs, or crashes have a fix within days. Some take as little as twenty-four hours.