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32% of computers with AV protection are infected

Feb 11, 2010, 03:03 (1 Talkback[s])

[ Thanks to An Anonymous Reader for this link. ]

"A SurfRight report shows statistics that give credibility to the lately popular opinion that one anti-virus solution is no longer enough to be sure your computer isn't infected.

"The effectiveness of most anti-virus solutions relies still on the quality of the virus signatures, and sometimes on the heuristics capabilities of the programs. Aided by its partners, SurfRight had the idea of bundling up 7 anti-virus engines that have at their disposal an equal amount of anti-virus databases. They called it Hitman Pro 3.

"The statistics that they presented regard a little over 100,000 users that have run their anti-virus solution during 55 days at the end of 2009. Granted that the users that downloaded and ran it were more likely to be infected, since they expect an infection (maybe their computer is running more slowly) or want a second opinion, so incidence of infection might be a little higher than usual. Nevertheless, it still illustrates the point - having an anti-virus solution doesn't guarantee safety."

At least the linked report names Windows--ed.

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