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Windows 7: Nearly a third of all computers are infected with malware

08 Feb 2013   #1

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Nearly a third of all computers are infected with malware

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PandaLabs released its annual security report which details an extremely interesting year of data theft, social networking attacks and cyber-warfare.

The most devastating news? 31.98 percent of all computers scanned around the world had malware. With the addition of 2012's numbers, the grand total of all malware samples in PandaLabs' database has reached approximately 125 million and researchers estimated that at least 27 million new strains of malware were created in 2012 alone.
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08 Feb 2013   #2

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I know many people who don't even have even one real-time protection program installed, they seem to be more interested in logging onto Facebook and Twitter, and then complaining how slow their laptop is and how it seems to always crash.
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08 Feb 2013   #3

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by x BlueRobot View Post
I know many people who don't even have even one real-time protection program installed, they seem to be more interested in logging onto Facebook and Twitter, and then complaining how slow their laptop is and how it seems to always crash.
exactly
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08 Feb 2013   #4

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by x BlueRobot View Post
I know many people who don't even have even one real-time protection program installed, they seem to be more interested in logging onto Facebook and Twitter, and then complaining how slow their laptop is and how it seems to always crash.
I wonder why that is.
- There are numerous free anti-malware products available, so cost shouldn't be an issue.
- Is it a lack of education?
- Is it a "that won't happen to me" mentality?
- Is it laziness?
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08 Feb 2013   #5

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by marsmimar View Post
I wonder why that is.
- There are numerous free anti-malware products available, so cost shouldn't be an issue.
- Is it a lack of education?
- Is it a "that won't happen to me" mentality?
- Is it laziness?
I think it's a little of everything you listed. I try to help people when they call me to see why their computers are acting weird or slow. Some people are willing to accept help, some aren't.
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08 Feb 2013   #6

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A combination of all three I think, many computer users have no idea what malware is or what it does.
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08 Feb 2013   #7

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It's the common mentality of simply not caring to know how a given thing functions so long as you find it useful to perform a specific task, I'm sure we've all experienced this with many things at some point in our lives. For example, beer is (for most folks!) an awesome thing to drink, but have most of us ever stopped or cared to deeply contemplate why beer is so great and what specific effects it has on the human body?

To Joe Average, if he can do Facebook/Twitter and whatever else on his computer he doesn't care what OS he is running, what hardware he is running, what background processes are running, what viruses and malware are, what security hardware/software are, nor ultimately what a computer even is.

Personally, I believe this is a combination of a lack of interest, lack of education stemming from lack of interest, and laziness.

This lack of interest in computers and information technology in the general public also manifests itself in other ways than ignorance to viruses/malware, like:
* The surprising acceptance of closed-ecosystem OSes with app stores (ie: Windows Metro, iOS) which take away a user's freedoms without most people realizing.
* People posting personal information to public spaces like Facebook and reaping the often negative consequences.
* Not using proper and secure passwords for critical services like online banking and PayPal.

Does this mentality need to change? Definitely. Is it going to change? Not likely, most people simply don't need to know how a computer works to use one for their daily needs and consequently there is no incentive to learn and change.
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08 Feb 2013   #8

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Protection isn't bundled. Most mfgrs provide a limited term license of some AV, but when the license expires, most people balk at the cost of renewal, they go traspsing around Internet the half-naked (AV app still works, the defs just aren't updated). They're not techies, so they don't know about free malware protection.

Th fact that 2/3 of machines are protected is fairly encouraging.
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