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Troubleshooting Windows® 7 Inside Out by Mike Halsey

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Chapter 3. Basic Windows 7 Security

MICROSOFT Windows, in its various guises, is used by approximately four billion people worldwide. Currently, Microsoft Internet Explorer, the standard web browser that’s bundled with Windows, sits at 60 percent market share; that means almost 2.5 billion people worldwide use Internet Explorer.

Both of these facts make Windows and Internet Explorer tempting targets for criminals, hackers, and virus writers. Frankly, security problems in Windows have nothing to do with how secure or insecure it is and everything to do with criminals wanting ...

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