32% of computers around the world are infected with viruses and malware, according to Panda Security


Most anti-virus companies like to release yearly reports based on their findings throughout the year. Panda Security is no exception and has released its ‘2012 Annual Security Report’. In this report you will find some stats that may or may not shock you.

Of all the computers scanned by Panda Security’s security software in 2012, an astonishing 31.98% were infected by some form of malware. 76.56% of these infections were by Trojans, 8% by viruses, 6.44% by worms, 5.72% by adware and spyware, and 3.28% by ‘other’ (probably rootkits).

When ranked by country, China, South Korea, and Taiwan, take the top three spots for most infected computers with an infection rate of 54.89%, 54.15%, and 42.14% respectively. The top three countries with the lowest amount of infections are Sweden (20.25%), Switzerland (20.35%), and Norway (21.03%).

It isn’t entirely clear which operating system these infections are on but considering the fact that Panda Security offers security software for only Windows and Mac in the computer domain and Windows dominates in numbers over Mac, these infections are probably mostly on Windows PCs. But they probably include some Macs, too, seeing as a few malware outbreaks hit Mac OS X this past year.

Another interesting tidbit released by Panda Security is a stat that “27 million new malware strains found in 2012, at an average of 74,000 new samples per day”. 74,000 a day. Dang.

Hit up the link below to access Panda Security’s full 2012 report.

Panda Security reports homepage

[via Panda]

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  1. Shawn


    I got fed up of most firewall software right now I’m using a PC linked between my switch and my other pc’s this way I’ve got a better control of the crap that some of theses softwares try to pass by.

    ZoneAlarm your right it does have the nak for stopping the phone homes but in my case I prefer just closing doors once and for all.. And like you said if a defrag software needs the net WTF is it doing? I don’t mind participating in a Seti@home Defrag project for a huge database should something like that be required but for my PC.. no thanks..

    True that on my PC I do have a piece of software code that could cause the end of the world as the information it would give would be past our minds.

    What it is is a image generator in binary to cycle all the patterns on a 1024x768x16mil colors. Ya might take me a trillion years… but at one point I’ll have a picture of you with Ashraf xD.

    P.S: And no I’m not running it I’m not ready for the madness that this program will generate…however there is a online version in black and white at http://www.numeral.com/eicon.html

    It requires java so should you want to see it use sandboxie as I wouldn’t install java theses days with all it’s flaws.

  2. AFPhys

    ZoneAlarm makes it very easy to block “phone home” behavior. I have found that only a few applications fail to run if they are blocked from access, though some of those that fail have surprised me. (why does a defragger need internet access to run? … but there are other defraggers that don’t!)

    That whole graphical presentation is strange. In addition to the US missing, the segment on the right has a different axis from the segment on the left. … I looked at their report and find that the US weighs in at 30.5%, and that the graphs are “top 10” and “bottom 10”.

    Panda makes scary sounds about MacOX and Android, but they don’t trumpet much about any “vulnerability” as I would have expected if currently there were real problems with those.

  3. Shawn

    Well considering all appications theses days phone home and send practically all kinds of information I’m surprised the number is not WAY higher…

    take for example opening search in windows xp sp3 home will try to access sa.windows.com or opening IE it will try to communicate with live.com.

    I got so fed up that I made a hardware router to just keep on adding blocked ip addresses.