Anti Virus

Tettnang, 2 June 2010 – IT security experts Avira asked 5,811 visitors to in February how they react to an alert from their antivirus software. The results showed that users have very different reactions – their behavior ranges from indifference to panic. Moreover, the survey brought to light that almost every tenth surfer is still moving around the Internet without any kind of antivirus protection. On top of that, a quarter of antivirus users do not pay attention to their security software and just click the warning away. On the other side, most of the surfers with antivirus programs take care of the security of their PCs and remove the detected malware manually. Some other users first investigate the settings of the virus scanner and then leave the entire responsibility with it. A few users are cautious or unsure about their protection, so they either use a second virus scanner or ask their antivirus provider’s support hotline for advice.
More specifically, nine percent (569) of the respondents admit that they would still surf the Internet without any kind of antivirus protection. In doing so, they allow cybercriminals to access their data and transactions. They also risk falling victims to spam, phishing or other malware, without even noticing. Somewhat better protected, but still unsafe, are 26 percent (1,517) of the respondents. They admit to closing the virus alerts right away, without any further concern. Unfortunately, not every virus scanner removes malware after the user closes the alert message. Avira security solutions display a summary of the malware detection and automatically block access to the suspicious files in order to avoid running infected files accidentally. A single click is all it takes to remove the malware with the "QuickRemoval" feature.

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