Malware Infection Rates – Who Has the Most Viruses?

Wednesday, December 07, 2011

Dan Dieterle

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Ever wonder what the world virus infection rate is? Or how your country stands in protecting their system from viruses?

Well, look no further than BitDefender’s Real Time Virus Reports at MalwareCity.com.

Setting the sample rate to 7 days and you find that:

  • US sits at a 58%
  • UK – 55.05%
  • India – 62.53%
  • Russia – 83.92%
  • Germany – 34.13%
  • Italy – 35.55%

Iran takes the prize as most infected, 97.95% of systems scanned had malware!

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Okay, a look at the top viruses for each country shows a lot of cookie based viruses. Which may or may not be real viruses, but the rates are high none the less.

But how does this compare to what other vendors are finding?

According to the latest Panda Labs virus report, the countries that had the most viruses for the 3rd Quarter of 2011 are (click image to enlarge):

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And the least infected countries for Q3 2011 (click image to enlarge) :

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That is a lot of infected machines. You have to wonder how many of those systems are infected with Bot malware, credential stealing viruses or backdoor trojans.

Always install your operating system and application software updates, keep your anti-virus up to date, use a firewall and a script blocking program like NoScript.

Cross-posted from Cyber Arms

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