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Nearly a third of PCs in Europe infected by viruses

Nearly a third of PCs in Europe infected by viruses

Nearly a third of PCs in Europe have been infected, despite many having anti-virus software.

Nearly a third of Europe's PCs were infected with viruses last year, according to figures for 2010 released by the EU's statistics office. The BBC reported this week that the survey covered more than 200,000 computer users across the 27 countries in the European Union, and was conducted during the second quarter of 2010.

The worrying fact is that the number of infected PCs reported only relates to users who realised they had a virus, and subsequently set about removing it and reporting the infection. Clearly there will be many more people that are infected but don't actually know.

The article also states that a majority of infected PCs were equipped with anti-virus software, however it's our guess that a lot of these simply didn't have up to date virus definitions.

The countries that were the most virus-ridden included Bulgaria, with 58 per cent of its sampled PCs being infected, followed buy Slovakia's 47 per cent, Hungary's 46 per cent and Italy's 45 per cent. The UK came's sample had a comparatively lower infection rate of 31 per cent.

Meanwhile, the countries with the least number of infected PCs were Austria with a 14 per cent infection rate, Ireland with 15 per cent, Finland with 20 per cent and Germany with 22 per cent.

According to the report, there has also been a marked increase in phishing attacks (using fake emails and websites to obtain users' details), usually resulting in financial loss, and with smartphone infections. According to Mcafee, its fourth-quarter threat report for 2010 indicated a 46 per cent increase in malware that targets smartphones, compared to the same period in 2009.

Has your PC been infected with any nasties recently? Is your anti-virus software up to date? Let us know in the forums.

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Cthippo 10th February 2011, 12:22 Quote
Goes to show yet again that the only variable that really affects infection rates is the user.
Repo 10th February 2011, 12:33 Quote
Indeed, I've lost count of the number of times I've heard "my pc/laptop is slowing down, can you repair it or should I get a new one".

How about keeping your anti-virus definitions up to date and stop going on dodgy sites you doofus?


PCs (except rarely) don't "slow down" from a physical defect, it's the crap the user downloads that's the problem!

I wonder just how many PC/laptops purchases could be avoided just be wiping the HD and reinstalling the OS & apps? Quite a few IMHO.
paisa666 10th February 2011, 13:21 Quote
User problem, i've seen this countless of times!!!

I remember this particular occasion when a cousin of mine was checking his email at my pc while also chating on messenger, then I see some dude sends to my cousin one of those annoying messages "hey, check this really funny video" and the message linked to an ".exe" file, damn I got pissed when I noticed my cousin was about to click on the thing, Fortunately I was able to stop him
proxess 10th February 2011, 13:56 Quote
That's why all my pr0n websites have been thoroughly tested, personally, for evils.
PQuiff 10th February 2011, 14:59 Quote
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Originally Posted by Repo


How about keeping your anti-virus definitions up to date and stop going on dodgy sites you doofus?

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Theres filth to be DL/ed and were all duuurrrtttyyyyyy. CONFESS!!!!!
Fizzban 10th February 2011, 15:16 Quote
It doesn't matter whether you watch pron or not, you simply need to be careful what sites you visit. And you need to know what sort of programs and browser plug-ins to use to protect yourself. What with my plug-ins, anti virus and firewall all running nothing gets through that shouldn't. I can't remember the last time I had a virus. I don't get malware / ad ware either.
Gradius 10th February 2011, 15:25 Quote
Blame to keygens they now have virus FOR REAL (period!).
schmidtbag 10th February 2011, 16:42 Quote
i'm interested in what the rest of the world is at. i would think the US would have a percentage just as high as those. i'm even more interested to know how much each OS is affected.
Aracos 10th February 2011, 17:21 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by schmidtbag
i'm interested in what the rest of the world is at. i would think the US would have a percentage just as high as those. i'm even more interested to know how much each OS is affected.

I don't think Microsoft would like those figures, sorry someone had to say it ^_^
woods 10th February 2011, 18:26 Quote
I use sandboxie when I'm online with up to date avg except when I use steam and have never had a virus "touch wood"
shanky887614 10th February 2011, 20:17 Quote
having an anti-virus dosnt mean that you wont get viruses, it just means that they get rid of viruses the developers have seen and have added to the database
and your lucky if you have a computer for a year without a major virus if you believe an antivirus will save you

its like trying to defend yourself from a bear that is attacking you and trying to kill it with poison
yes you may survive and it may die but not before it takes a bite out of you in the least

antiviruses are not the answer we need more hips (host-based intrution pretectio systems) in place to stop them infecting pc's
Repo 10th February 2011, 23:19 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by PQuiff
Theres filth to be DL/ed and were all duuurrrtttyyyyyy. CONFESS!!!!!
Usenet indexing sites - pr0n with the viruses (allegedly ;))
Quote:
Originally Posted by Gradius
Blame to keygens they now have virus FOR REAL (period!).
Kneel before SandboxIE for it is your saviour!
Some keygens have always been infected, some still are not.
knuck 10th February 2011, 23:37 Quote
honestly with security essentials I don't understand how things couldn't get better in the future. It works great and doesn't eat any ressources
Star*Dagger 11th February 2011, 04:46 Quote
There should be a license requirement for owning and operating a PC. To be renewed every 2 years, you have to hand in your old computer to get the license as well. It saddens me that a uneducated/uncaring group of people can hold back PCs (and more importantly Gaming!)

Yours in Competent Gaming Plasma,
Star*Dagger
shanky887614 11th February 2011, 11:37 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by knuck
honestly with security essentials I don't understand how things couldn't get better in the future. It works great and doesn't eat any ressources

you cant be serious

its a good anitivirus dont get me wrong

but its slower than trying to download 100gb over dialup
becasue it is designed to never use mroe than 50% of resources it takes absolutly ages

it took over 4 hours to scan my c drive (200 odd gb used from a 400gb partition) before i canceled it
im comodo all the way now it is so much quicker, it has a firewall,antivirus and sandbox built in

as well as a program that moniters accses to every file so viruses do not get activated at all, and no one can remotly accses pc if you dont want them to becasue it treats all program and files as "guility until proved inocent"
which is the opersit of nearly all antiviruses availible
BLC 11th February 2011, 12:24 Quote
Please guys, cite your sources!! The Beeb are just as guilty here, as they didn't provide any links to the "survey" either (in fact, the Beeb is far more guilty that bit could ever be - this kind of thing is endemic in BBC News stories). If you're going to report on a "survey" or a "report" or a "study", then please provide a frikkin' link, or at least tell me the author names and the publication date! Sure I could try and look it up, but how will I know if I've got the right one if I'm not told what to look for? And is it *really* that hard to add a link these days, even in HTML code?

200,000 PCs across 27 EU countries; that's just under 7,500 PCs per country. It might be a significant enough number to be able to draw rudimentary conclusions from, but without more detail I don't trust the conclusions at all. That might not necessarily be a representative sample for countries with a larger number of computer users per capita.

I want to know: how many respondents were surveyed, what was the response rate, were the questions open-ended or yes/no answers (i.e. were the questions open to interpretation), what was the distribution across the countries (i.e., were there more responses in the UK than in France), what were the target demographics, was demographic information even collected/analysed, what estimates or figures were given for the number of computers per capita per country, were the IT departments surveyed or end users, was this private companies, was this civil service/government agencies, was this EU agencies, if it was private companies then what market sectors were surveyed, what is classified as a "virus", do they distinguish between viruses trojans or rootkits, et cetera, et cetera, et cetera...

In short.... I WANT THE FRIKKIN' DATA!
memeroot 11th February 2011, 13:23 Quote
Nearly a third of Europe's PCs were cleared of a virus last year

see I fixed that for you
Faunus 11th February 2011, 13:52 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by BLC
In short.... I WANT THE FRIKKIN' DATA!

Hear hear! This article is sensationalist at best. If we are going to make some guesses based on data that we DO have available:

http://europa.eu/abc/keyfigures/sizeandpopulation/howmany/index_en.htm

495,000,000 people living in the EU.

How many people living in the EU have a computer? What's a fair estimation? 1%? That's more than fair, in my opinion, considering some businesses and households have more than 1 computer per user. Do servers count also? Or just personal PCs? Anyway, 1% is much more than fair.

That's 4,950,000 computers. 200,000 as a percentage of 4,950,000 is about 4%.

Does that mean that this "statistic" is only 4% accurate?

Pfffffffff.
Fingers66 11th February 2011, 14:23 Quote
Typical P.E.B.C.A.K. error...

(Problem Exists Between Chair And Keyboard)

/I'll get my coat...
chrismarkham1982 12th February 2011, 07:30 Quote
it makes me laugh, all i use is avast free and malwarebytes anti-malware free, i do a scan once a week and i havnt found anything in ages, it just goes to show that there are a lot of people who never learn to be even the slightest bit careful about what they click on
knuck 12th February 2011, 16:51 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by shanky887614
you cant be serious

its a good anitivirus dont get me wrong

but its slower than trying to download 100gb over dialup
becasue it is designed to never use mroe than 50% of resources it takes absolutly ages

it took over 4 hours to scan my c drive (200 odd gb used from a 400gb partition) before i canceled it
im comodo all the way now it is so much quicker, it has a firewall,antivirus and sandbox built in

as well as a program that moniters accses to every file so viruses do not get activated at all, and no one can remotly accses pc if you dont want them to becasue it treats all program and files as "guility until proved inocent"
which is the opersit of nearly all antiviruses availible

I'm perfectly serious. Why care about how long it takes to scan the whole PC ? Just let it do it when you're away or something. What really matters is real time protection and so far SE is doing great for me. Even on my 5 year old laptop it's not eating up ressources


I learned one thing over the years however and it's that everyone thinks differently of all anti viruses because there is no real way to compare them. Just use whatever you like, it doesn't matter as long as you have one that is up to date, which is the problem of most noobs PCs
Xyllian 12th February 2011, 20:17 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Faunus
Quote:
Originally Posted by BLC
In short.... I WANT THE FRIKKIN' DATA!

Hear hear! This article is sensationalist at best. If we are going to make some guesses based on data that we DO have available:

http://europa.eu/abc/keyfigures/sizeandpopulation/howmany/index_en.htm

495,000,000 people living in the EU.

How many people living in the EU have a computer? What's a fair estimation? 1%? That's more than fair, in my opinion, considering some businesses and households have more than 1 computer per user. Do servers count also? Or just personal PCs? Anyway, 1% is much more than fair.

That's 4,950,000 computers. 200,000 as a percentage of 4,950,000 is about 4%.

Does that mean that this "statistic" is only 4% accurate?

Pfffffffff.

I doubt only 1% of Europeans have computers, i would guess atleast 30%.
Europe is not technologically retarded.
azrael- 14th February 2011, 08:38 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Fingers66
Typical P.E.B.C.A.K. error...

(Problem Exists Between Chair And Keyboard)

/I'll get my coat...
Which head would be used for thinking in this context? :p
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