Anti-Virus Protection Not Used by PC Owners

August, 2002


Almost a quarter of home and office PC users running anti-virus software don’t update it regularly, leaving themselves vulnerable to newly minted viruses, according to a June 2000 survey conducted by Central Command, a supplier of anti-virus software. This high awareness of computer viruses following outbreaks of the Chernobyl and Melissa virus and the LoveLetter worm (which disabled millions of PCs around the world) have obviously not translated into safer computing practices. The survey was the largest ever conducted on the topic and was emailed to nearly half a million PC users. It had 54,091 responses–a 16% response rate.