Geographic statistics

Figure 8 and Figure 9 show the infection rate differences for protected and unprotected computers in locations around the world with particularly high and low infection rates overall.

Figure 8. Infection rates for protected and unprotected computers in three locations with high CCM

Pakistan and Georgia, which both had significantly more computers without up-to-date real-time protection than the world as a whole (38.6 percent in Pakistan, 33.5 percent in Georgia) also displayed a larger infection rate gap between protected and unprotected computers than the world overall. In Pakistan, unprotected computers were 11.7 times more likely to be infected than protected computers, which translates to a CCM over 100.0 in 5 out of the 6 months in 2H12—in other words, the MSRT found that more than 1 of every 10 unprotected computers in Pakistan was infected with malware. In Georgia, unprotected computers were 14.0 times more likely to be infected than protected computers, with CCM figures between 75.0 and 95.5 each month, compared to a range of 4.6 to 6.4 for protected computers in Georgia.

In Korea, infection rates for both protected and unprotected computers were heavily influenced by a steep increase in detections of the rogue security software family Win32/Onescan and the Trojan downloader family Win32/Pluzoks, which affected both protected and unprotected computers in similar proportions. Overall, the infection rate for unprotected computers in Korea in 2H12 was 1.6 times higher than the infection rate for protected computers there. See “Rogue security software” on page 52 for more information.

Figure 9. Infection rates for protected and unprotected computers in three locations with low CCM

Unprotected computers in Japan have an infection rate that is 10.4 times higher than the infection rate for protected computers. The overall infection rate in Japan for protected users is very low, at 0.2 on average. Unprotected users make up 23.2 percent of computers in Japan, which is slightly lower than the worldwide average.

The infection rate for unprotected computers in Finland is 8.6 times higher than the infection rate for protected computers there. Finland also has a significantly higher adoption rate for real-time security software than the world as a whole, with only 14.6 percent of computers in Finland lacking up-to-date real-time protection.

In Denmark, unprotected computers have an infection rate that is 9.3 times higher than that of protected computers. The adoption rate for real-time security software in Denmark is slightly higher than for the world as a whole, with 19.8 percent of computers lacking up-to-date real-time protection, about 4 percentage points lower than the global average.

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