Why Windows is a security nightmare
Security in all mainstream operating systems is non-existent; however, things are especially bad for Windows. Windows happens to be the favourite target of worm and virus writers. Conventional wisdom suggests that the huge installed base of Windows helps spread the worms and viruses, and also makes it a highly attractive target for worm/virus writers. The installed base certainly has an undeniable effect on the prevalence of malware on Windows, but this is not all there is to it.
Worms and viruses are so stunningly effective on Windows only because Windows provides some atrocious functionality which makes it easy for worms to strike. It might seem counterintuitive but Windows Registry, and a misdesigned Windows Update are the primary culprits that create a hospitable environment for worms and other malware.
By Usman Latif at The Age.
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- Review: HackNotes Windows Security Portable Reference (13 October 2003)