In addition to security improvements that can be configured, several improvements in Windows 7 might go unnoticed to all but software developers, including malware writers. Microsoft adheres more closely to the well-known security Principle of Least Privilege, which means that people or things should have access only to what they need, and nothing more. It's a sound idea that, had it been followed more closely in earlier version of Windows, would have prevented numerous security exploits.
Antimalware Strategy: Defense in Depth
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