Myths about anti-viruses

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Is it really true that viruses don’t exist?

True False
15.7% 84.3%

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

Dozens Hundreds Thousands Millions
12.3% 19.7% 32.0% 35.9%

Do anti-virus companies develop malware?

Yes No
49.1% 50.9%

Who actually writes malware?

Lone virus makers Criminal groups of programmers
22.7% 77.3%

Why do people write malicious programs?

For fun For profit
12.1% 87.9%

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

50% 90% 100%
18.8% 36.4% 44.8%

Can you always tell when a system has been infected?

True False
21.0% 79.0%

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

False True
81.8% 18.2%

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

False True
28.8% 71.2%

What is an anti-virus’s main task?

To prevent infection To cure viruses
84.5% 15.5%

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
54.7% 45.3%

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
49.9% 50.1%

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
87.7% 12.3%

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

Yes, it does No, it doesn\’t
87.3% 12.7%