24% of PCs worldwide are vulnerable to viruses and cyber attacks, because people don’t update their antivirus



According to the most recent Microsoft Security Intelligence Report, an average of 24 percent of computers worldwide are vulnerable to viruses and cyber attacks. The reason? Simple — the lack of up-to-date antivirus software.

The report says that some people may not realize the importance of installing and maintaining (keeping up-to-date) an antivirus program on their computers. There are also those who only ever rely on the antivirus that comes preinstalled with their computers, which are almost always trial versions that expire after a month or two. Also, there’s the scary possibility that the antivirus installed by these users was disabled by malware, leaving the computer vulnerable to further exploitation.

But how much more protected will installing an antivirus program make your computer, if certain kinds of malware can disable it? Microsoft warns that computers without up-to-date protection are 5.5 more times likely to be infected by viruses. That’s a huge difference when compared to having an effective and updated antivirus installed.

While the report makes no mention of it, there are definitely some people that are simply unaware of the free (and effective) alternatives that are available today. So if you’re one of them, do yourself a huge favor and install an antivirus program on your computer today — free or otherwise. And if you know someone who for some reason doesn’t have one installed on their computer, do a everybody a favor and help them install one!

Who knows, maybe one day viruses will be a thing of the past. It might seem impossible today, but maybe one day. Or maybe not.

Do you have an up-to-date antivirus program installed on your computer? Let us know in the comments!

[via The Official Microsoft Blog, Digital Trends]

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  • NGayanP

    Comodo Internet Security seems like a pretty good free suite for people who need an all in one solution.

    “Who knows, maybe one day viruses will be a thing of the past” – I doubt it – As long as there will be people protecting us from viruses, there will be people creating even better ones.


  • Enrique

    [@weylin] That’s a great idea! Most paid versions usually have a couple of features not found in the free version.

    And judging from the comments here, sounds like Malwarebytes is a must. Too bad it doesn’t update automatically!

  • weylin

    Right now I’m using Norton (free 6 month trial). Works great.
    I never pay for my virus program… there’s always giveaways and extended trials of almost any paid solution you can think of. And the free ones are good too.
    I recommend That EVERYONE using Windows to use an antivirus and a good spyware scanner like Malwarebytes.

  • Enrique

    [@etim] I’m pretty sure up-to-date is exactly what you’ve been doing, those daily updates :)

  • etim

    What is “up to date” really mean?
    I get daily new updates for my Avira daily, but I haven’t updated the main program in over a few years–whenever I try, the new update freezes my trackpad.
    Is my avira still protecting? I’ve been wondering–anyone know?
    I mean, it still runs normally and all, but is my ~2yo setup not still viable?

  • Enrique

    [@michel] I tried taking a look at the full report for you but it is quite lengthy and didn’t see that information :)

    My guess is anonymous system profiles. Maybe data sent from things like the built-in security center. They did make the OS after all.

  • michel

    I’m curious, how do they know? Where do the numbers come from?

  • Seamus McSeamus

    Yeah, if I have an auto update option I use it. Otherwise, like with Malwarebytes, I manually update regularly.

  • Druid

    Yes I Do. Avast Eight Free. I get home from work, boot up automatically updates. Malwarebytes manually update.

  • GF

    > Do you have an up-to-date antivirus program installed on your computer?

    Yes, it works in real-time and it automatically gets updated.

    But that’s not all.
    I use other security programs too: other antiviruses and antimalwares and antirootkits. Every 30 days I stop the main antivirus and then I manually start them, one by one, for further scans.

  • Enrique

    [@Fundi] I used avast! a long time ago before switching to a Mac and I agree, it works great! :)

  • Fundi

    I’ve been using avast! (paid version) for a couple of years now, and love it! It automatically updates several times daily, and I feel fully protected.