(LiveHacking.Com) – A recent study has shown that world-wide 17% of all the computers have no anti-virus software installed and surprisingly the USA is one of the worse countries. Ranked in the bottom 5, 19.32% of USA consumers have no basic security software, of any kind, installed. This compares to the top ranked country of Finland where only 9.7% of consumer PCs are unprotected.
The study, which was conducted by McAfee, used a free diagnostic tool for Windows called McAfee Security Scan Plus. It is able to detect the majority of security programs available for Windows and also checked the computer being scanned for threats, anti-virus software and firewall protection. Data was collected from computers in 24 countries, and analyzed an average of 27 million PCs each month. This allowed McAfee to determine a global estimate of the number of consumers who have basic security software.
What is even more interesting is that in countries like Singapore, Canada, the USA and the UK upto 11% of the PCs scanned actually had some form of security software installed but it was disabled! Since basic security software is available for free from the likes of Microsoft, AVG and avast! it is extraordinary that users are running PCs without them. According to McAfee, many consumers still believe that by only visiting known “safe” sites, they’ll be protected from all forms of malicious content.
“The freedom to browse the Internet comes with the added risk of unwanted exposure, and cybercriminals are preying on unsuspecting victims,” says Steve Petracca, SVP and GM of consumer, small business and mobile at McAfee. “With the increasing number of global cyber-attacks affecting consumers, it is critical that the 17% of consumers that are unprotected update their virus protection before it’s too late.”
Recently, McAfee released its quarterly threats report for Q1 2012, which showed that PC-based malware hit a new high during the quarter and showed the largest single jump in malware numbers in the last four years.