Panda: UK PCs Have Least Malware

An online malware measuring tool, Panda Software's Nanoscan tool, put the U.K. in the bottom spot last week, with only 8.1% of those scanned showing active malware. By a separate measure, that of 'latent' or inactive malware, however, the U.K. fared less well, reaching 20.7%. Top of the infection list for active malware was France (28.2%), Mexico (23.1%), Brazil (18%), the U.S. (17.8%), and Argentina (17.4%).

The figures appear to show very high levels of infection, but the results only rate those who visited the site and asked to be scanned, meaning these individuals would be expected to show a bias towards having infected PCs. The company has created its own global malware map from the data, which is collected from thousands of mostly consumer PCs every 15 minutes. Almost 8% of those scanned and who showed active threats also had anti-virus software installed.

News source: PC World

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It could be to do with the fact that the majority of web sites are written in English,
and we "English" are a suspicious lot, especially of anything "free". We have learned
most good things need to be fight for - like the Magna Carta!

"They hate us because of our freedom" (which are now rapidly being curtailed! )

"People of the world, wake up!"

The company has created its own global malware map from the data, which is collected from thousands of mostly consumer PCs every 15 minutes.

Why does Panda need to collect stats from customer pcs every 15 minutes, anyway?

I'm suprised they could even view the site in France, their gov don't like the company because it was founded by a Scientologist ...

Very true. These percentages alone are pretty worthless. We'd need to know how many PCs from each country were logged to ensure a large enough sample size.

I wouldn't put any stock in this with what is given.

I guess Britons don't enjoy internet porn or scams :(

Either that or in a backwards way, Britain is backwards, maybe we have a lot of malware, we're just too stupid to bother with a scan? Maybe the French, are forward thinking, they look at porn and scams but have the brains to go do a scan.

Or, a higher percentage of Britons have anti virus installed on their PC so don't need to visit a website to scan their system.
.... but we don't know. Essentially they are meaningless statistics.

Or we don't believe it when we told silly things.

Your computer has 1,000 problems.

Pay me $19.95 and I will make your computer 300% faster.

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Actually, it means that French people visited that page more than anyone.... doesn't means that they've got more malware than anyone else. They might be silly by having a high ratio of infected computers... but doesn't means that they're less smart than those that are infected and don't visit their page for a free disinfection.

Azmodan said,
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Actually, it means that French people visited that page more than anyone.... doesn't means that they've got more malware than anyone else. They might be silly by having a high ratio of infected computers... but doesn't means that they're less smart than those that are infected and don't visit their page for a free disinfection.

No actually it means that... of the French people who visited the site and used the online checker, 28.2% of them had active malware.... It doesn't mean that.. 28.2% of people who used the checker... were French.

joeydoo said,

No actually it means that... of the French people who visited the site and used the online checker, 28.2% of them had active malware.... It doesn't mean that.. 28.2% of people who used the checker... were French.

You're right, but if we talk about relative computer / virus infection radius, there's a high chance that a lot of French people, more than everyone else have visited that page.

I think there could be a number of reasons behind the results, but general "intelligence" is probably not it, because it doesn't vary too much in western countries.