Myths about anti-viruses

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Is it really true that viruses don’t exist?

True False
16.4% 83.6%

On average, how many new malicious programs, most of which are Trojans, appear each month?

Dozens Hundreds Thousands Millions
11.3% 20.6% 32.8% 35.3%

Do anti-virus companies develop malware?

Yes No
49.6% 50.4%

Who actually writes malware?

Lone virus makers Criminal groups of programmers
21.1% 78.9%

Why do people write malicious programs?

For fun For profit
10.3% 89.7%

What percentage of malware should be detected by an anti-virus at the moment of intrusion?

50% 90% 100%
19.1% 35.5% 45.4%

Can you always tell when a system has been infected?

True False
20.5% 79.5%

Do anti-viruses detect malicious programs only by their signatures?

False True
81.5% 18.5%

If the database lacks a definition for a particular malware program, does the anti-virus have to detect it using heuristic technologies?

False True
26.3% 73.7%

What is an anti-virus’s main task?

To prevent infection To cure viruses
84.6% 15.4%

What additional software products should be used to help an anti-virus protect a computer against malware?

An anti-spyware program An anti-rootkit program
55.2% 44.8%

What could be an excuse for not installing an anti-virus?

The operating system (Linux or Mac OS X) is secure Caution and vigilance are being observed
49.4% 50.6%

If a user doesn't visit bogus sites or open links in emails from unknown senders, do they still need an anti-virus?

Yes, they do No, they don't
87.0% 13.0%

Does a computer need an anti-virus if it's only used for gaming?

Yes, it does No, it doesn\’t
86.2% 13.8%