Hengelo, The Netherlands - May 19th, 2011 - SurfRight, a developer of tools that give users more control over their PC security, today announced the results of research that shows that 32% of users with up-to-date antivirus software installed on their computers are actually infected with malware.
The survey was conducted between January 1st and March 31st 2011 with 489,469 users who scanned their computer using SurfRight's Hitman Pro 3 Behavioral Scan. While nearly two thirds of users (320,279) had an up-to-date antivirus program installed, some 169,190 users had not. Of even greater concern was that 101,498 (32 percent) of those with the latest antivirus software were found to be infected with malware.
Commenting on the findings, Mark Loman, founder and CEO of SurfRight said, “Our research shows that traditional antivirus software cannot keep up with cyber criminals. Despite all their efforts, it is often days or even weeks before some suppliers of antivirus programs release a solution to a new threat.”
“We also found that not all programs detect the same threats, so the only way for users to be really sure would be to combine multiple anti-malware programs on their PCs.” added Mr. Loman.
Two key conclusions have been drawn from the findings:
Hitman Pro 3 can scan a computer in just a few minutes from either a USB Flash Drive, CD/DVD, local or network attached hard drive and will quickly reveal the presence of any malware using its Behavioral Scan. The actual verification of these potential malware files is then done on the Hitman Pro servers, the "Scan Cloud", which incorporates a hosted multi-vendor scanning service. Hitman Pro 3 uses six different antivirus programs to analyze the suspicious files.
Hitman Pro's Scan Cloud feature will work alongside any existing antivirus, anti-spyware or security suite and can be run whenever required to give a second opinion on suspect files or be called upon to remove threats missed by a user's existing software.
For further information on Hitman Pro 3 and to download a free version, please visit www.surfright.com.