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New PC A Few Months Old? Check Your Antivirus!

DarkReading - New data from Microsoft shows that nearly 10% of Windows 8 users are running expired AV software on their systems, making them four times more likely to get infected.

The trial versions of anti-malware software that people typically get with their new PCs and notebooks are just that. Once the software expires, it’s as bad as having no malware protection at all on a system.

As obvious as that might sound to some, a lot of people apparently don’t get it. For the past several months, security researchers at Microsoft have been investigating the correlation between malware infection rates and the quality of the available protection on Windows 8 endpoints.

They discovered that nearly 10% of Windows 8 consumer systems are running expired antivirus software. In fact, the No. 1 reason many Windows 8 users are unprotected is because they let their trial anti-malware software tools expire, according to Microsoft.



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