The Rise and Rise of Malicious Software

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Experts have reported an exponential rise in the number of malicious attacks on personal computers. These attacks come by way of harmful software specifically designed to install viruses and worms onto a user’s computer.

AV-Test, an antivirus software testing agency, reported in 2014 that it detected over 143 million instances of malware (malicious software). This figure represented an increase of 72% from the previous year.

These trends are being seen throughout the industry with Kaspersky, another major player in the malware detection space, reporting four times as many attacks in the year 2014 than it did during the previous year. With antivirus companies constantly searching for ways to update their software and catch viruses before they can do any damage, the creators of the malware are also upping their game.

Hackers are now employing more sophisticated methods of jumbling their code and constantly changing small items to avoid detection. As hackers develop more sophisticated methods to implement attacks, antivirus companies are also implementing more sophisticated methods to detect malicious files. This constant battle between hackers and detectors is contributing to the spiraling growth of reported instances

AV-Test reported that the amount of malware that has been detected in the last two years is greater than the amount of malware that was found in the previous 10 years combined. It’s no secret that this is an epidemic, and computer stores all over the world are being inundated with customers that require help with their machines after being infected by a malicious virus.

While prevention is always better than cure, it’s becoming tricky for consumers to detect suspicious files and activity online. Viruses are being disguised within legitimate ads on some of the world’s largest websites. Caution is always advised, but with new breeds of attackers, we don’t know what we don’t know.

Experts continue to recommend that users remain vigilant with their antivirus software updates and exercise heightened awareness when clicking on links or downloading files.

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