Microsoft finds malware on 5.7M tested PCs

By | June 12, 2006

Microsoft Corp. is set to release research showing, among other things, that its security tools find malicious software on about one in every 311 times it scans a PC. The research is part of a major report on security trends that Microsoft plans to release today at its TechEd user conference in Boston.

Microsoft´s data is remarkable because it comes from such a large sample group — more than 270 million users of the Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool, which ships with Windows.

Between January 2005 and March 2006, that tool was used to remove 16 million pieces of malware from 5.7 million computers. The software was used to scan systems 2.7 billion times during that period, and on average, it finds something malicious about 0.32% of the time, or in one out of every 311 scans, according to Microsoft.Read Full Story

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