Computer Security SpyHunter's US Geographic "Infected PCs" Index...

SpyHunter's US Geographic "Infected PCs" Index (2007-Present)

The results are in! Alaskan residents are more likely to be victimized by spyware or adware infections, according to the just release Spyhunter Geographic Index. The Spyhunter Spyware Threat Research Team recently analyzed Enigma's infected-PC reports and our software sales data for all 50 U.S. states to determine the PC "infection rate" for each state.

To compile the Spyhunter Geographic Index, we examined our state-by-state sales numbers and infection reports for all of 2007 and year-to-date in 2008 and found, not surprisingly, that the states with the most people had the most infections. In order to get a better sense for which states had the most vulnerable computers, we took the numbers for each state and figured them as a percentage of each state's population. With that formula, we were able to determine the most accurate "infection rate" for each state.

The top 10 list of states with the most infected PCs (based on a ratio of population to infected PCs from Enigma's internal sales data) includes:

  1. Alaska
  2. Colorado
  3. New Hampshire
  4. Washington
  5. Wyoming
  6. Hawaii
  7. Maryland
  8. Connecticut
  9. Maine
  10. Nevada

The full list of all 50 states and the District of Columbia is below.

We've also compiled a list which ranks the U.S. metropolitan areas with the most infected PCs.

The top 25 spyware-infected computer in the U.S. metropolitan areas (2007 to present) are:

  1. New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island
  2. Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana
  3. Chicago-Naperville-Joliet
  4. Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington
  5. Washington-Arlington-Alexandria
  6. Boston-Cambridge-Quincy
  7. Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington
  8. Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown
  9. Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta
  10. Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach
  11. San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont
  12. Seattle-Tacoma-Bellvue
  13. Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale
  14. Detroit-Warren-Livonia
  15. Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington
  16. Denver-Aurora
  17. San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos
  18. Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater
  19. Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario
  20. Baltimore-Towson
  21. St. Louis
  22. Portland-Vancouver-Beaverton
  23. Pittsburgh
  24. Orlando-Kissimmee
  25. Kansas City

Spyware, trojans, worms, malware, cookies and other types of computer infections continue to increase. And the data we've collected shows that spyware is by no means slowing down.

A new wave of spyware makers with financial aspirations are devising more deceitful methods to infect as many computers as they possibly can to extort Internet users out of their money.

Spyhunter Geographic Index

Take a look at the list of states with the most infected PCs:

State Rank
Alaska, USA 1
Colorado, USA 2
New Hampshire, USA 3
Washington, USA 4
Wyoming, USA 5
Hawaii, USA 6
Maryland, USA 7
Connecticut, USA 8
Maine, USA 9
Nevada, USA 10
District of Columbia, USA 11
Vermont, USA 12
Virginia, USA 13
Massachusetts, USA 14
North Dakota, USA 15
Idaho, USA 16
Oregon, USA 17
Montana, USA 18
Utah, USA 19
Delaware, USA 20
Minnesota, USA 21
Florida, USA 22
New Jersey, USA 23
Arizona, USA 24
Kansas, USA 25
Pennsylvania, USA 26
Texas, USA 27
Wisconsin, USA 28
North Carolina, USA 29
Illinois, USA 30
Georgia, USA 31
South Dakota, USA 32
Missouri, USA 33
Ohio, USA 34
Nebraska, USA 35
California, USA 36
Iowa, USA 37
Indiana, USA 38
Rhode Island, USA 39
Tennessee, USA 40
New Mexico, USA 41
Louisiana, USA 42
Michigan, USA 43
South Carolina, USA 44
New York, USA 45
West Virginia, USA 46
Oklahoma, USA 47
Kentucky, USA 48
Alabama, USA 49
Arkansas, USA 50
Mississippi, USA 51