A computer virus is just like a flu virus. It is designed to spread from host to host and has the ability to replicate itself infinitely. Getting infected by a computer virus has happened to many users in one way or another. It is simply a mild inconvenience to most, requiring a cleanup and then installing that antivirus program. In other cases, a computer virus can lead to a complete disaster, with your computer turning into a very expensive brick which which no amount of antivirus can protect. To know more about computer viruses, we have compiled 10 interesting facts about them.
Fact#1: 70% of virus writers work under contract for the organized crime syndicates. They use things they get from virus attacks for extortion and blackmail.
Fact#2: 40% of US households are affected by computer viruses. You might have one right now in your computer.
Fact#3: 90% of emails contain malware since email is the easiest way to spread them.
Fact#4: MyDoom was the fastest spreading virus ever created. It also caused the most damage amounting to $38.5 billion.
Fact#5: Amazon.com was the most exploited brand for phishing attacks. Followed by Apple and eBay.
Fact#6: Virus writers are often children who wrote to experiment their programming skills
Fact#7: 6,000 new computer viruses are created every month. And the number is still growing which is pretty alarming.
Fact#8: The United States of America is at the highest risk of virus attack followed by the Russian Federation. A lot of people are really targeting the mighty countries.
Fact#9: You can’t get a virus by simply reading emails. Viruses are activated when you click a link or open an attachment.
Fact#10: 1 in 14 programs downloaded is malicious. You should always download software from trusted sites. If you choose to download from torrent sites, you better have a really good antivirus installed.