Surprising Statistics About Computer Viruses

Posted by Niall Mackey on Dec 23, 2014 2:19:00 PM

Laptop With Virus And StethoscopeMost of us are well aware of how widespread malicious software (i.e. viruses, trojans, worms, adware, spyware, etc.) is in today’s digital age -- having heard, read about, or experienced it for ourselves on numerous occasions. But at this writing, I wanted to enlighten you on some shockingly hard statistics of how computer viruses negatively impact our computers, security, finances, and entreprises.

The Geographic Impact of Computer Viruses

(*Based on data from the Microsoft Security Intelligence Report, Panda Security, and Consumer Reports.)

Approximately one-third (33%) of the world’s computers have been affected by malicious software in one form or another. Countries most affected by malware are: China (56%), South Korea (51%), Taiwan (44%), and Turkey (43%). Countries least affected by malware are: the United Kingdom, Norway, Switzerland, and Sweden, all of which average about 22% on incidence of computer viruses and other malicious software. Still, even the least-impacted states have 1 in 5 infected computers on average to deal with!

Research shows that there were 27 million different types of malware generated in 2013; that is 74,000 malware strains each day. Below is a percentage breakdown of what kinds of malicious software affect us:

  • 57% Virus - malicious software that is capable of replicating from computer file to file, from computer program to program, and on the hard drive.

  • 21% Trojan - Named after the mythical trojan horse, a computer trojan is non-self replicating malware that disguises as a regular file or program, thereby misleading end users into downloading it onto their computers. Trojans are used to gain remote access to computers, systems, and networks, especially to steal sensitive information and extort money.

  • 7% Trojan Downloader - A kind of Trojan that facilitates the download, installation and execution of malicious files from a remote server.

  • 4% Unwanted Software - Detrimental installation of software on a computer without the end user’s knowledge or consent

  • 3% Adware - Malicious software that constantly makes pop-up and other types of advertisements appear when the user goes on the internet.

  • 2% Worms - Worms are a type of computer virus that replicates itself from computer network to network. Often, a worm takes advantage of flaws in an operating system and uses them to inflict harm.

Computer viruses wreak tremendous, measurable setbacks for any business or major company, including losing as much as 70% of productivity while counteracting a virus attack, and losing up to 40% of company data in the aftermath. To prevent a catastrophe like this, ensure that you have top-of-the-line anti-virus anti-spam protection.

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