They explained that within the first 9 months, nearly 10 million brand new malware forms/strains were identified which matches last year’s total. This means this is going to be the worst year for malware floating around.
As more activity shifts to online shopping and and traffic, the incentives climb higher for cyber-criminals. This results in an increased amount of malware activity as cyber-criminals continue to push out their mal-software at higher rates, most of which are simply modified clones of always discovered malware.
PandaLabs estimates that about 31% of computers in the US are infected with some form of malware. Higher than most European nations (that typically fall around 20%), and lower than China who PandaLabs estimates around 59% are infected (they sure love their malware-packed pirated software).
Malware is growing quicker than ever, therefore knowledge and prevention is more important than ever. Stay smart and always have some form of Anti-Virus installed on your system(s).