Windows Vista sees more exploits thanks to SP1 end of support


According to Microsoft, malicious exploits on Windows Vista have been on the rise lately, all thanks to the end of support for the operating system’s first service pack, SP1. This is obviously an important reason why one should upgrade from Vista immediately.

“This means that Windows Vista SP1-based systems no longer automatically receive security updates and helps explain why there [was] a sudden and sharp increase in the malware infection rate on that specific platform,” Microsoft’s Trustworthy Computing group stated. In the second half of 2011, Windows Vista SP1 was 17% more likely to be infected by malware than Windows XP SP3. This is not good, as the trend revolves around a newer edition of Windows being more secure than the previous version of Windows. Windows Vista SP2 will continue to be supported until April of 2017.