5.1% of PCs are infected with spyware

One in twenty computers with an internet connection may be harbouring unwanted "spyware" programs that can record a user's computer use, generate nuisance pop-up ads and may pose a security risk, suggests a University of Washington study. They examined the traffic on the university campus and found that 5.

One in twenty computers with an internet connection may be harbouring unwanted "spyware" programs that can record a user's computer use, generate nuisance pop-up ads and may pose a security risk, suggests a University of Washington study. They examined the traffic on the university campus and found that 5.1% of all connected machines had one of these four programs running. And, within the university, 69% of all departments and offices contained at least one computer running the programs. The team examined a total of 31,303 computers connected to the network.