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1 in 6 Windows PCs Have Zero Antivirus Protection

McAfee on Wednesday released the findings of a global study that set out to determine the percentage of personal computer owners without any working protection. The company quickly discovered that 17 percent of the world is surfing the internet without antivirus protection. Even more, out of the 24 participating countries, the United States landed in the top 5 least protected.

"Browsing the internet on an exposed computer not only increases the risk of identity theft and data loss, but it can contribute to the spread of harmful programs and nasty viruses," the security firm said. "Even if you think your personal computer has basic protection installed, it is important to make sure your security software stays up-to-date. Research also found many of the scanned computers have disabled or expired software. Within the United States alone, 19.32-percent of consumers are unprotected."

According to the report, 83-percent of global PC owners have working basic security protection while the other 17-percent either don't have protection installed, or have let the subscription expire. In the United States, 19.32-percent of the American people surf the internet without protection, 12.25-percent of which have zero security protection installed and 7.07-percent with protection disabled.

Outside the United States, Finland came out on top as the most protected in the 24 participating countries, with only 9.7-percent lacking any security protection. Singapore came out on bottom with 21.75-percent of consumer PCs completely unprotected, 11.75-percent of which have disabled protection.

"The freedom to browse the internet comes with the added risk of unwanted exposure, and cybercriminals are preying on unsuspecting victims," said Steve Petracca, SVP and GM of consumer, small business and mobile at McAfee. "With the increasing number of global cyber-attacks affecting consumers, it is critical that the 17-percent of consumers that are unprotected update their virus protection before it’s too late."

To read the full report, head here. It provides complete lists showing country ranking by percentage of consumers protected, percentage of consumers unprotected, consumers without any protection installed, consumers with protection installed but disabled, and more.

  • Jim_L9
    Not surprising to me.
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  • ricdiculus
    And 1 in 10 decided to start writing virus's!

    Maybe this kind of news shouldnt be talked about so openly?
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  • fulle
    With how well McAfee works, you might as well not have any AV client installed at all.
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  • bin1127
    5 in 10 have zero antivirus installed or are using norton.
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  • DRosencraft
    It's unfortunate that so many people buy into the false assertion that "safe browsing" habits will protect them from all threats out there on the web. While I don't doubt McAfee is trying to sell more products, antivirus protection is like car insurance - you can do everything right and think you don't need it, but someone else's ignorance/slip-up/stupidity will expose you to danger and then you'll wish you had it.
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  • coreym72
    Fully patched while running a browser as a guest account. All I need...
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  • tcane
    DRosencraft

    I couldn't disagree more. I've been Anti-Virus free now for 7 years. NONE of my 5 PC's have anti-virus software and they all run smoothly and efficiently. Knowledge is by far the most effective anti-virus tool.
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  • jimmysmitty
    DRosencraftIt's unfortunate that so many people buy into the false assertion that "safe browsing" habits will protect them from all threats out there on the web. While I don't doubt McAfee is trying to sell more products, antivirus protection is like car insurance - you can do everything right and think you don't need it, but someone else's ignorance/slip-up/stupidity will expose you to danger and then you'll wish you had it.
    The biggest threat is Java. I have found plenty of customers PCs filled with Java exploits. The easy way to fix that is disable Java from being able to keep temporary files on your PC via control panel.

    Still I don't find this information hard to trust. I have seen plenty of people with no AV at all. We try to get them on MSE but some don't want it at all.
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  • DjEaZy
    1 in 6 Windows PCs Have Zero Antivirus Protection... that's why i have a work...
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  • unclejehmimah
    It's a good thing they don't have antivirus protection. What they do need is virus protection.
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