New study shows 80% of infected computers have antivirus software installed

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According to a new study published today by Daily Safety Check, over 80% of computers in a botnet had antivirus installed that was disabled or crippled.

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The truth is hackers can get around antivirus software pretty easily if you don't have all your programs updated with the latest security patches. It's like building a fence and leaving your gate wide open.

According to a new botnet study published today by Jim McKenney, founder of computer security firm Daily Safety Check, 80% of infected computers had antivirus installed that was disabled or crippled. Furthermore, the study details how cyber criminals are monetizing the botnet. "Cyber criminals are no longer content to 'smash and grab,'" according Jim McKenney, founder of Daily Safety Check, a computer security firm. "We've seen botnets quietly watching activity for an average of 8 months and building deep profiles of users. These profiles are then used to access corporate networks, commit fraud, and steal identities."

"I think some people get lulled into a false sense of security by having antivirus software," says McKenney. Many people have antivirus installed but have let their subscription to update their software lapse." But according to McKenney, it may not matter anyway. "The truth is hackers can get around antivirus software pretty easily if you don't have all your programs updated with the latest security patches. It's like building a fence and leaving your gate wide open."

Until now, antivirus software has been the only affordable option for most home and small business users. Only large businesses and governments have been able to afford security measures to combat sophisticated threats. Daily Safety Check provides a computer security service for homes and businesses that updates security weaknesses every day, monitors for hackers, and alerts users if they are attacked. Plus, it includes state-of-the-art antivirus software, all for about the same price as antivirus software alone.

Visit DailySaftyCheck.com to view the botnet study. To interview Jim McKenney or find out more about this white paper, please contact media(at)dailysafetycheck(dot)com.

About Daily Safety Check
Daily Safety Check is a next generation computer security company, applying layered security principles to home and business computers. The Home Edition includes antivirus software, plus applies daily security fixes, monitors for hackers and alerts you if you are attacked. Visit DailySafetyCheck.com for more information.

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