Microsoft Corporation is a company that involves in the development or production of excellent software products. Two of its products, Windows 7 and Windows Vista, were no exception. But no matter how meticulous the company has been in developing such software, it is hard to foresee every possible threat, error and corruption. This is what is happening with Windows 7 and Windows Vista.
It happened with Windows XP, and we all know how difficult life was in the XP times, when you always had to deal with one bug, error, malware or virus or the other. Windows Vista and Windows 7 are now more likely to be affected by malicious programs than even XP. This is obvious because the software maker has already pulled Windows XP off support. So, there is no Windows help and support available for Windows XP anymore from Microsoft.
As per the latest data, number of malware being detected has increased from 5.3 to 32.4 for Windows Vista. For Windows 7, the jump is from 4.9 to 25.9. When you compare it with the latest figures for Windows XP, you see that the number of threats or malware per 1,000 has not increased at the same rate.
The Microsoft Corporation mentioned that the incidence of threats or malware detection seen in Windows XP shows the recently-expired operating system is more stable and secure now, compared to its successors. Though it seems that way, it does not mean that this aging Windows operating system is perfectly secure, or should be preferred over its successors for that reason.
The problem is not actually the security; it is mostly the lack of knowledge on how to make the correct settings to make the system more secure and stable. If you make the appropriate settings then you can ensure that Windows 7 provides much better security than Windows XP.
Some modern or newer Windows versions allows to take full advantage of Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit, a utility that can effectively block malwares that are making use of zero-day vulnerabilities, and make things more difficult for attackers.
This Windows help article would like to emphasize on the fact that “Windows XP is not more secure than newer operating systems”. To understand this better, it should be remembered that not all the malicious threats act on security lapses and vulnerabilities. Some may be as simple as tricking users into clicking suspicious and malicious links or executing malware-infected files sent to them.
So, just because some statistics shows a decreasing trend in malware detection for Windows XP, you should not choose Windows XP over latest Windows operating systems available. You should remember, Microsoft has stopped support for XP.