Computers in Trois-Rivieres, Burlington, and Ottawa were more likely than computers in any other city in Canada to be infected with malware last year. That's according to data released today by Enigma Software Group (ESG), makers of the SpyHunter anti-spyware program. ESG's research team looked at the total number of infections detected from data compiled from SpyHunter during 2016 in each of the 30 largest cities in Canada. Trois-Rivieres has the highest rate at nearly quadruple the national average. Burlington, Ottawa, and Montreal all had rates that were more than triple the national average.
Experts at ESG have concluded that while many factors cause rates to be significantly higher in certain areas, there is no certain way of knowing what the primary driving factors for higher rates in one area versus another. Many times factors such as the weather or holiday seasons have an influence on the malware rates in certain areas. In any case, all computer users should remain vigilant when it comes to protecting their computer from malware.
"Malware makers are always looking for ways to trick you into clicking on a link that will deliver their payload," Gerding says. "Unfortunately, computers in Trois-Rivieres, Burlington, and Ottawa seem to be more susceptible to these scammers."
3 Essential Methods for Consumers to Remain Protected Against Malware Infections
- Make sure your operating system is up to date. And change the settings so that updates are automatically installed.
- Use a trusted anti-spyware program. We obviously recommend SpyHunter. But whatever program you use, make sure it is set to regularly and automatically scan your computer and install updates.
- "Think about that link". If you are asked to click on a link in an email message or a social media post, think twice. Ask yourself whether the link seems legitimate and if it's something you were expecting to receive. If you have any doubt, leave it alone.
Top Canadian cities with the Highest Per Capita Infection Rates in 2016
- Trois-Rivieres 273% higher than the national average
- Burlington 230% higher than the national average
- Ottawa 227% higher
- Montreal 202% higher
- Vancouver 199% higher
- Chatham-Kent 181% higher
- Toronto 143% higher
- Regina 105% higher
- Calgary 86% higher
- St. Catharines 79% higher
- Halifa 72% higher
- St. John's 69% higher
- Richmond 57% higher
- Greater Sudbury 46% higher
- Burnaby 13% higher