The global impact of anti-malware protection state on infection rates
Joe Blackbird Microsoft
Bill Pfeifer Microsoft
This paper analyses the malware infection rates of computers with various states of anti-malware protection. Specifically, it compares the infection rates of computers with
no anti-malware protection, to those with anti-malware protection running with out-of-date signatures, to those with up-to-date anti-malware. The role of cloud-based protection is
We also analyse how the frequency of users switching from one anti-malware vendor to another impacts infection rates, which will allow a comparison between the effectiveness of a
heterogeneous anti-malware ecosystem and a single-vendor monoculture. Finally, we take a cursory look into what threshold of users that run anti-malware products would be required
to produce a 'herd immunity' of all users such that malware authors struggle to maintain efficacy.
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