17 percent of PCs have no anti-virus protection

According to a new study by McAfee Research, one in every six personal computers has no working anti-virus protection.

Without anti-virus software your computer is vulnerable to virusesspyware, and other malicious software. In March of this year, the development tools and data services company, OPSWAT, announced that Microsoft’s free anti-virus software was the most popular antivirus program in North America during the last 12 months.

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Eve Blakemore

Group Manager, Trustworthy Computing

Eve Blakemore is a Group Manager for Trustworthy Computing who delivers consumer guidance around the latest trends in security and privacy. Eve joined Microsoft in 1998 and has worked in corporate and field roles with Microsoft Learning, US Public Sector, Read more »

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  1. Anonymous

    would be curious to know what percentage runs with local admin full time?

  2. Anonymous

    it is good to feel safe on the internet

  3. Anonymous

    I need to uninstall Norton antivirus protection. Can you help me?

  4. Anonymous

    Good for them I don't Like Microsoft Security essentials. I tried it and still got a bug and had to reformat my pc. I was a phishing scam that i had to up date my security as if it was from Microsoft. I don't like it

  5. Anonymous

    Lot of independent security experts admit to not using Anti Virus. They say at best Anti Virus might prevent a infection. In most cases those infection could easily be prevented by a educated user. Worst case scenario the Anti Virus won't stop the infection because it's definitions never updated fast enough. I guess for me I use Security Essentials for basic protection but focus more on safe web use for real protection. I do not believe people need to spend a lot on big bulky security suites.

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