Malware is rising to the next level it seems, with malware allegedly coming in on Windows computers preinstalled. Microsoft received permission of the court a few days ago to pursue a botnet that stems from illegal copies of Windows that contain the malware automatically that was installed on new computers sold in China.

Microsoft tracked the virus to a website called, owned by a company called Bitcomm. Microsoft filed a civil suit against the company, requesting permission to take control of the domain and a large number of its subdomains, with the aim of stopping the spread of the Nitol Botnet, as it is called.

Various concerns are raised in the community about the repercussions of how easily the court allowed such an act. This could become a problem, according to  an article on TechNewsWorld , if for instance a company requests permission to take down an infected ISP, leaving hundreds of domains linked to the ISP stranded.

Malware is easily spread throughout the world these days because of the lax nature that many individual computer users approach software security. Computer and Software Manufacturers urges users to buy legitimate hardware and software to reduce the chances of finding their computers infected with malware that can spy on keystrokes, use microphones to record conversations, or even turn on the webcam to see video.