UK Computer Owners Less Likely To Catch Online Malware

UK users are less likely to infected by malware than their counterparts elsewhere in the world.

That was the chief finding of Microsoft's latest six-monthly Security Intelligence Report, which also claimed that Microsoft Windows, installed on 500 million PCs worldwide, is the safest computer operating system. Not a surprise given the fact that Microsoft commissioned the document.

According to the report, malware reports in the UK ran at 4.1 infections per 1,000 PCs during the last sixth months of 2009, compared to 4.9 during the first half of the year.

The data, which was compiled by the Microsoft Malware Protection Center (MMPC), Microsoft Security Engineering Center (MSEC) and Microsoft Security Response Center (MSRC), revealed that malware accounted for 69.9 per cent of threats detected.

Despite the wide availability of software aimed at blocking pop-ups and other nasties, adware was responsible for getting 19 per cent of infections onto Windows PCs. Trojan downloaders and droppers accounted for 17.2 per cent of infections.