Malware Statistics

33 Key Malware Statistics in 2024

33 Key Malware Statistics in 2024

The following malware statistics will address how serious these attacks can be to businesses, industrial segments, and individuals all over the world. 

Malware is the shortened term used for “malicious software”.

It’s defined as a code or file delivered mostly over a network system to infect, view, change, or steal data, depending on the goal of the attacker. 

Malware can be used to infect a device or whole network with any kind of virus, work, trojan, or other malicious programs that allow malevolent hackers (cybercriminals) access to a system where they can wreak havoc.

No one is immune to malware. 

However, there are anti-virus, malware, and cybersecurity programs and protocols that can detect, remove, quarantine, and other report and monitor on your device or system. 

Unfortunately, there is no program or protocol that can totally eliminate malware issues.

It’s a matter of doing your best to protect yourself against malware by being aware and knowledgeable enough to avoid it.

Now that we have the basics, let’s get into the statistics. Some may shock you; others will not be surprising to you.

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Key Malware Statistics

  • As of February 2023, there are well over one billion malware programs known in existence.
  • Data from February 2023 shows that each day,560,000 new pieces of malware and PUA are detected daily.
  • According to AV-TEST malware distribution statistics show that Windows is the most infected operating system by far.
  • The 2023 SonicWall Cyber Threat Report revealed that there were 5.5 billion reported malware attacks in 2022.
  • In 2018, McAfee reported that the Android app for the popular Fortnite game was susceptible to MitD attacks (man-in-the-disk).
  • In 2007, Google’s Security Blog reported that 0.1% of websites had infected malicious pages.
  • Google detects at least 50 sites with malware infections per week.
  • 75% of all IoT malware events occurred on routers in 2018.
  • During the first six months of 2020, 20.2 million IoT attacks were detected.
  • While IoT, intrusion, and ransomware attacks are up, encrypted threats are down by 32%.

Malware Statistics in 2024


Within this section of the article, we will share some general facts and statistics about malware everyone should know.

Let’s learn something about malware.

1. As of February 2023, There Are Well Over One Billion Malware Programs Known in Existence.

Besides the over one billion malware programs out there, we also have another category of bad software called “potentially unwanted applications, or PUAs.

While PUAs aren’t as malicious as malware programs, it’s still a nuisance that can create problems for you.

PUAs are known to cause your computer/device to run slower than normal, show unwanted and unexpected advertisement, or worse yet, install other programs that are unwanted or unexpected.

February 2023 statistics show that there are over 222,000 PUAs out there.

It’s important to know that the growth of malware has experienced substantial growth since 2013. 


2. Data from February 2023 Shows that Each Day,560,000 New Pieces of Malware and PUA are Detected Daily.

Once malware is unleashed on a system, it can spread rapidly throughout a network and to other systems and computers.

This is one of the earmarks of malware. It spreads, and that’s on purpose.

Each day, anti-malware services detect and report malware incidents to the tune of 560,000 per day. 

Malware is designed to infect hundreds of thousands of computer files each day.

Most of these instances come from existing malware infections on websites and computers that are designed to spread like a viral disease.

Also, they keep on giving by spreading to more networks and computers. 

In fact, over 17 million new malware cases are registered monthly.


3. According to AV-TEST Malware Distribution Statistics Show that Windows Is the Most Infected Operating System by Far.

It’s been well-known that Windows is the most targeted operating system (OS) by hackers.

Already in 2023, nearly 1.4 million malware infections have been detected on Window’s systems. Android comes in second, but with only 56,487 detections.

Linux is third with 20,172 malware detections, and MACOS has a share of 314 infections. 

These are only those instances that are detected and reported by malware protection applications.

There’s no way to measure how many are out there among those who don’t use malware protection; therefore no incidents or detections are reported.

It may be hard to believe there are businesses and people in the world not using some kind of malware and/or virus protection on their devices and systems.


4. The 2023 SonicWall Cyber Threat Report Revealed that There Were 5.5 Billion Reported Malware Attacks in 2022.

SonicWall, a cybersecurity service provider, recorded that there were 5.5 billion malware attacks alone in 2022, according to the company’s 2023 report.

The IoT (Internet of Things) malware count came to over 112 million. 

While malware has been decreasing in recent years, the threat is still there. There was substantial growth during the pandemic. 

In 2019, SonicWall detected 9.9 billion incidents of malware attacks, which was down from 10.5 billion in 2018.

In 2016, SonicWall showed that there were 7.9 billion reported malware attacks, which is the lowest from 2015 to 2019.  

All this data is related to the whole world. 

(2023 SonicWall Cyber Threat Report)

5. In 2018, McAfee Reported that The Android App for The Popular Fortnite Game Was Susceptible to MitD attacks (man-in-the-disk).

While this data is from 2018, McAfee showed that game apps aren’t even immune from malware attackers.

For weeks, malware cybercriminals teased the Fortnite gamers with fake apps, which was part of a full-blown cybercrime scheme.

Even after the authentic Android game app for Fortnite was released, a vulnerability to MitD attacks was found.

What is a man-in-the-disk, MitD attack?

These impact the app’s ability to use the device’s external storage.

The attacker can watch and tamper with specific data stored in external storage since it’s shared by all the device’s apps.

Therefore, a hacker could install any old kind of harmful software to the device. 

Mobile app hacking and malware attacks concerned at least 52% of parents with children who play mobile games through apps in 2018. 

(McAfee Blog)

6. In 2007, Google’s Security Blog Reported that 0.1% of Websites Had Infected Malicious Pages.

Even in 2007, malware was a thing. While it wasn’t as widespread as it is today, Google detected 0.1% of websites with malicious pages.

For perspective, the number of sites with malware infected pages stayed above 100,000 until early 2018. 

Early in 2018, there was a rapid decline in websites with malware.

The global pandemic is being considered the culprit for the uptake in malware sites and attacks since that decline. 

Google’s Transparency Report 2022 shows that 3.849 million browser alerts/warnings were generated to users whenever they tried to access a site that is considered unsafe by safe browsing protocols. 

Also, 1.6 million users said they saw warnings in search results with a harmful site warning. 

(Google Security Blog 2007, Google Transparency Report 2022)

7. Google Detects at Least 50 Sites with Malware Infections per Week.

Ever since Google initiated Safe Browsing protocols, around 2008, there hasn’t been a single instance when at least some malware threats activate Google’s detection system.

This initiative started scanning and rescanning malware websites that were known to be unsafe in the past to find out if they are still compromised. 

Since 2007-2008, Google has implemented updates and upgrades to keep up with the variants of malware that infect global websites.

Additionally, the number of new sites hackers can misuse that contain malicious coding or linking comes to 2,500 each week.

But websites that really do contain malware account for only 1.6% of 2,500, which represents the 50 each week.

(Google Transparency Report 2022)

8. 75% of all IoT Malware Events Occurred on Routers in 2018.

Many people are unaware that their router can become infected with malware or even viruses.

When this happens your internet connection is slowed down as hackers rob you of your data. 

It’s not impossible to detect router malware, but it is very challenging. It’s likely that you wouldn’t even know if your router got hacked. 

According to several sources, routers can be hacked, infected, and abused.

In 2018, of 5,200 IoT malware attacks, 75% were infected routers, according to Symantec’s numbers.

Connected cameras made up for 3.5% of IoT malware infections in 2017. 

Today, the highest IoT-based malware attacks are the highest at 80%. The attackers use the DDoS (distributed denial-of-service) attack method.

(f-secure, Kaspersky Daily, Symantec)

9. During the First Six Months of 2020, 20.2 Million Io T Attacks Were Detected.

One of the most shocking statistics about malware is that in the first six months of 2020, 20.2 million malware attacks were detected. While the Internet of Things seep into our homes, businesses, and lives, we find they can offer many conveniences. 

However, these conveniences don’t come without a price (not just monetary) because security risks and vulnerabilities exist. A popular viewpoint about having a smart home is the convenience of getting more done and quicker. However, these homes are targets for malware attackers. 

(SonicWall 2020 Threat Report)

10. While IoT, intrusion, and Ransomware Attacks Are Up, Encrypted Threats Are Down by 32%.

As technology evolves and offers more safety and security options, hackers are keeping up with sneakier tactics.

They find ways to hide their malevolent schemes under the guise of legitimate websites. 

While malware distributions declined in 2020 from 2019, we still see websites with encryptions that we trust, but are not safe like we thought.

Even the most secure websites have been targeted by malware cybercriminals.

Therefore, if you’re a website owner, the best thing you can do is to pay a little extra for more security.

(SonicWall 2020 Threat Report)

Ransomware Malware Statistics

This section will provide you with ransomware malware statistics that may or may not surprise you. 

Riveting Ransomware Statistics

11. By 2031, It’s Predicted that Ransomware Attacks Will Occur Every 2 Seconds.

In 2020, it was reported that ransomware attacks happened every 11 seconds. That figure is expected to be every 2 seconds in the next 8 years.

This prediction made by Cybersecurity Ventures is expected to cost ransomware victims $265 billion yearly. 

It will attack consumers, devices, and businesses every 2 seconds. 

Because ransomware perpetrators, known as ransomware gangs, are motivated by money, they aren’t going to stop anytime soon. They want to get their payday by any means. These people are cybercriminals. 

These criminals have no problem with causing you problems by locking you out of your networks and devices to get a ransom before giving you access. 

(CBS News, Cybercrime Magazine 2023)

12. Between 2019 and 2020, Ransomware Attacks Grew by 20%.

It’s no coincidence that an increase of ransomware occurred between 2019 and 2020 because this was in the peak of the global pandemic.

The connected world was ripe for the picking by cybercriminals across the globe. 

Virtually every data report regarding malware statistics cites the global pandemic as the perfect time for hackers gain illicit profits from others.

They are opportunistic hackers who see the opportunity to use confusing times like the pandemic to gain from it. 

Where there is fear, there are malevolent hackers ready to pounce.

(Cybercrime Magazine 2023)

13. By The End of 2020, Ransomware Had Increased by 62% Globally.

As people attempted to settle into what is called the “new normal” in 2020, there was a 20% increase in ransomware, as mentioned in another statistic.

That was July 2020. 

Towards the end of 2020, there was a small decrease after seeing a 40% uptake in ransomware, which gave people some hope for things turning around. 

Unfortunately, the turn-around never occurred, so by the end of 2020, ransomware events had increased by 62%, according to SonicWall’s Cyber Threat Report for 2021.

(2021 SonicWall Cyber Threat Report)

14. SonicWall Capture Labs Noticed a Decrease of 21% in Ransomware Year-Over-Year in 2022.

After a two-year increase of 62% and 105%in ransomware over 2019 to 2021 respectively, 2022 numbers are showing a downturn.

This occurred mostly during the pandemic’s peak, when people were working from home, etc.

The most common ransomware occurrence over these two years was RaaS (Ransomware as a Service).

The downturn in 2022 is hopefully a trend that will continue.

SonicWall isn’t the only cybersecurity service vendor that noticed similar declines in ransomware.

Also, government agencies also noted similar decreases. 

One NSA official said it’s believed that the decline in ransomware is due to the “fallout of Russia-Ukraine.”

(2023 SonicWall Cyber Threat Report)

15. In 2022, members of The R Evil Ransomware Gang Were Arrested by United States Intelligence Services.

Just when cybercriminals thought they were under the radar and couldn’t be touched, the U.S. Russian Intelligence Services swept in and arrest some members of the nefarious REvil gang that had been wreaking havoc via ransomware. 

These hackers, along with others from incidents like the Darkside members who were responsible for the Colonial Pipeline ransomware attack, quickly learned that they were and are not above the law, nor can they hide from it forever.

Dark Web cybercriminal chatter from early 2022 confirmed that these malevolent ransomware actors were and likely are feeling the changes of cybercrime, expressing a language of fear.

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(2023 SonicWall Cyber Threat Report)

16. In 2022, Britain Saw a Surge of Ransomware Attacks. 

In 2022, overall global ransomware attempts achieved their second-highest rates.

The Evening Standard publication in the UK reported that UK companies were hit with millions of ransomware attacks in 2022.

The most severe of all cyberattacks were from ransomware in the UK.

In 2022 alone the volume saw a rise of 112%. This is despite the global decrease of 21% in ransomware. 

The news reported that a “string of FTSE 350 companies” fell victim to serious cyberattacks from the start of 2022.

Two companies that were infected include JD Sports and Morgan Advanced Materials.

This cost millions of pounds to these companies and the attacks leaked millions of customers’ personal data. 

Naturally, reinforcements were made quickly thereafter to try to prevent future incidents. 

(Evening Standard)

17. In the United States in 2022, The Utah Pulse Reported a 328% Year-Over-Year Rise in Healthcare Ransomware Attacks.

In 2022, the American industries hit the hardest by ransomware include healthcare and education.

In fact, 2022 showed an increase of 328% increase year-over-year in healthcare alone. 

Going into 2023, education and healthcare sectors are expected to be included in the most-targeted industries.

As the ever-expanding IoT ransomware attacks continue, it’s believed that all targeted industries will be even more susceptible to these digital attacks.

This will cause a significant rise in critical risks to the targeted infrastructures.

It’s more important now than ever to upgrade, update, and monitor your cybersecurity protocols and strategies to prevent ransomware and malware attacks.

(Utah Pulse)

18. Synopsys Researchers Discovered that 48% of All Code Bases They Examined Have High-Risk Vulnerabilities to Malware and Ransomware Attacks.

Since malware plays a major role in ransomware attacks, 48% of all code bases analyzed by Synopsys researchers have high-risk vulnerabilities is frightening news.

This data has been included in the Synopsis OSSRA 2023 Risk Analysis Report (Open-Source Security and Risk Analysis).

The audits showed that 1,481 code bases and open-source licensing compliance, and 222 other code bases were analyzed and found to have vulnerabilities.

The 222 other code bases were analyzed solely for compliance.

This data impacts every industry, so it’s important to know the significance of this data.

(CSO Online United States)

19. Going into 2023, Phishing Will Continue to Be the Preferred Tool of Choice for Most Hackers.

Phishing has been and will continue to be the preferred method hackers use to spread malware.

In ransomware, phishing is a major tool for malevolent hackers.

This is because phishing is the easiest and best way for them to trick employees, even executives, into clicking a malicious link that will spread across the network.

In 2022, 76% of companies found themselves the target of a ransomware attack.

Out of the 76%, 64% were really infected.

Also, only half of these companies were able to get their data back even after paying the ransom. 

Ransomware is mostly delivered via phishing, most commonly through emails.

The ransomware gives the hackers access to the computer network where they will lock files and whole networks, preventing access by the employees, executives, and other workers. 

Once they have the whole company’s network controlled, they will demand a ransom.

If that ransom isn’t paid, they will either delete or sell the data stolen.


20. BlackFog Reveals that February 2023 Showed the Highest Ransomware Events in Four Years.

In February 2023, the highest ransomware attacks were reported, according to statistics from BlackFog.

In fact, February saw a total of 40 ransomware attacks that were reported.

In this instance, governmental agencies were the most targeted sector. 

February saw attacks on the US Marshals, Five Guys (fast food restaurant), Tallahassee Memorial HeathCare, the Florida Supreme Court, and Dole Foods.

Therefore, not only were there 40 ransomware attacks, but the targets were also made up of significant organizations in the United States.

Sadly, an estimated 543% of ransomware attacks were left unreported.


Computer Malware Statistics

In this section, we will cover some malware statistics related to computers. 


21. Trojan Malware Accounts for 51.45% of All Malware Attacks. 

According to, 51.45% of all malwares come from Trojan malware.

Trojan malware features unique traits that make it seem like the software is legitimate, but it’s a nefarious method used as an illicit device intrusion.

This malware type is named from the historical Trojan Horse in Troy, Greece when malicious codes were hidden inside hollowed wooden horses to give soldiers the edge in an attack.

So, Trojan malware works in the same way. 

The Trojan comes in looking all innocent, but when the targeted device isn’t looking, it places malicious code to attack your device.


22. 46% of Hackers Use Email Delivery of .Exe Files to Infect a Computer.

In fact, 53% of all viruses are spread through .exe files emailed by a malicious hacker.

The next most used is the PDF file, but it pales in comparison to .exe files with only 6%. 

Therefore, executable files in email attachments are the most common attachment and delivery system used by hackers to infect a computer or network.

Keep in mind that not all executable files or PDF files are viruses. 

It’s wise to learn how to differentiate between a virus exe or PDF attachment and a real attachment needed for work.

You can see why hackers use email attachments with malicious viruses in them.

(HP Solution Brief 2021, Worth 2023)

23. 46% of Malevolent Hackers Spreading Malware Use Email as A Delivery System.

Email is the most used method of delivery among 46% of hackers sending out malicious software.

These come as attachments mostly, but sometimes they come with a URL that directs you to a malicious website where malware can be installed. 

Attachments can include Word, Excel, PDF, and other files you may otherwise trust.

This is especially dangerous in the business realm and work at home realm. It’s harmful to any computer and costly to the target. 

One of the best ways to prevent a computer or network malware infection is through education, experience, and knowledge. 

(CSO Online United States 2021) 

24. A Rise to 97 Million Cryptojacking Attempts Occurred in 2021, Which Represents an Increase of 19% Year-Over-Year.

The 2022 SonicWall CyberThreat Report cited that in 2021, there were 97 million cryptojacking attempts, which represented a 19% increase year-over-year. 

Additionally, the report stated that an average of 338 of these attempts occurred per each network, based on SonicWall’s customer base.

While we didn’t see the massive increase that occurred in ransomware in 2021, cryptojacking still posed and poses a major threat.

In fact, this increase in cryptojacking represented an all-time record breaker.  

December was the most worrisome month in 2021 with 13.6 million cryptojacking attempts as observed by SonicWall. 

(2022 SonicWall Cyber Threat Report) 

25. By the End of 2016, China Incurred the Most Malware-Infected Computers at 47.09%.

Statistics show that China had the highest number of malware infections in 2016 at a 47.09% share.

Turkey came in a close second at 42.88% of the share. After Turkey, Taiwan experienced 38.98% of the malware infection share in the world. 

While the United States is the most targeted, they didn’t make the top 10 on this specific list.

The last three countries on the list include Mexico with 35.13% of the share, Venezuela at 34.77%, and Brazil at 33.13%.

These figures represent the number of computers infected with malware of all kinds.


26. In 2022, The United States Experienced a Malware Attack Volume of 2.68 Billion, Which Was a -9% Year-Over-Year Change. 

March 2022 is the month where the most malware attacks were seen at over 293 million in one month.

Every month in 02022 saw millions of malware attacks. These figures represent the number of computers or networks infected.

Even though the volume in malware was down in the United States, SonicWall still ranked it at number one in volume.

The United Kingdom was ranked number two with 432.9 million malware attacks, which represented a -13% change year-over-year for that region.

India ranked third with an uptake of 31% year-over-year and a volume of malware attacks of 335.4 million. 

Japan ranked at number 32 with 14.3 million malware attacks and a year-over-year change of 2%. 

(2023 SonicWall Cyber Threat Report)

27. In 2000, the ILOVEYOU Virus Impacted Over 10 Million Personal Computers.

May 4, 2020 is a day to remember for 45 million users across the globe.

When Onel de Guzman sought to steal passwords so he could use online services for free, he would never have thought it would spread so quickly and to so many PCs. 

This virus was also called “Loveletter”, which was emailed out to every single email address from the infected computer’s contact list.

This virus cost a total of $15 million during its reign.

This goes to show you how fast one email virus can spread to people around the globe.

In the end, a reported 45 million users were affected by the ILOVEYOU virus in 2000.

It is currently considered one of the worst computer viruses ever sent.

(HP Tech Takes)

28. Mydoom Is Ranked as The Worst Computer Virus Outbreak that Has Ever Happened in History that Cost $38 Billion in Damages in 2004.

Initially, it was estimated that the 2004 Mydoom computer virus outbreak caused $38 billion in damages.

When you adjust this cost according to inflation, it accounts for $52.2 billion in damages.

Mydoom was categorized as a worm, which was spread via mass email. 

At one time, this virus accounted for 25% of all sent emails.

Mydoom was designed to scrap addresses from infected computers where copies of the malicious email were sent.

It turned itself into a web of computers that implemented DDoS attacks

The intention of sending this virus was to shut down targeted servers and websites.

Even now, Mydoom still infects computers and is responsible for 1% of all phishing emails sent.

When you consider that there are an estimated 3.4 billion phishing emails sent per day, that 1% accounts for 34 million emails. 

Therefore, Mydoom has continued to propagate, infecting computers that are insufficiently protected, at 1.2 billion copies each year (as of 2020).

It’s been nearly 19 years since its creation.

(HP Tech Takes)

Mobile Malware Statistics 

This section will address a few mobile statistics you need to know about.


29. 2022 Statistics Revealed that 18% of Clicked Phishing Emails Came from A Mobile Device.

Mobile devices include smartphones, mobile phones with email capabilities, tablets, and any connected mobile device.

This 18% also accounts for the percentage of successful company email phishing attacks.

From this data, the research extrapolated that 58% of organization-owned mobile devices had at least one malware URL clicked.

Another 16% of company’s mobile devices had at least one riskware or malware app installed on them. 

So, if you think company mobile phones and tablets are immune to intrusions, you may want to rethink how you handle security for your company’s mobile devices.

(2022 Verizon Mobile Security Index)

30. Of All Types of Malwares, Adware Is the Most Common Type of Mobile Malware Used by Hackers. 

In fact, Adware all by itself makes up 48% of all kinds of malware used on mobile devices.

While so many businesses and individuals focus on computer malware, they sometimes fail to consider how much mobile malware is growing. 

The most common type of malware used in crypto mining is mobile malware because it has so much functionality.

Even common mobile malware variants will deliver any type of mobile malware, but it often includes Adware in functionality. 

In these instances, it is about gaining awareness and knowledge. 

(Check Point)

31. Android Phones and Devices Experience 50 Times More Malware Infections than iOS Devices Do.

Android mobile devices tend to be more susceptible to malware infections than iOS devices, which is why hackers target this OS more.

In fact, Android mobile devices make up 47.15% of all malware infected devices even over Windows at 35.82% and PCs at 16.17%.

The iOS platform only gets infected 1% of the time.

This data means that more than half of malware infections impact devices that operate on the Google platform.

With over two billion computers and mobile devices that run on Google, which shouldn’t be a surprise.

The larger market share is one of the reasons for it being targeted.

Android is also open source, which makes it vulnerable.

Additionally, Android users fail to update like iOS mobile users who are bombarded by reminders to update.

(Panda Security)

32. In 2022, Securelist Alone Detected Over 1.6 Million Unwanted Mobile Software Installers.

In 2020, this figure was much higher at over 5.6 million.

While this does mark a decrease from 2020 and 2021 (over 3.4 million unwanted software installers found), we can’t sit back and think it can’t rise again.

The distribution of detected mobile malware attempts includes types like RiskTool, AdWare, and Trojan, just to name a few.

China is the country most attacked by mobile malware at 17.70%, with Syria right behind it with 15.61%% 

In these instances, the United States didn’t make the top ten.  

(Securelist 2023)

33. In 2017, WannaCry Was the Biggest Mobile Malware Attack that Earned Hackers Over $143,000 Overnight.

Cybercriminals who hack are not out just to do some damage, get retribution, or play harmful pranks on people or companies.

They are greedy money grabbers who want to make a quick buck with their illicit actions. 

The fact that in 2017, the hackers behind the WannaCry mobile malware attack made over $143,000 overnight tells us about their level of greed.

They withdrew their ill-gotten gains via 52.2 bitcoins, which represents over $143.000. 



What Types of Malware Are There?

There are at least 22 known types of malware. These include the following.

• Computer Viruses
• Computer Worms
• Trojan Horses
• Rootkits
• Ransomware
• Keylogger
• Grayware
• Fileless Malware
• Adware
• Malvertising
• Spyware
• Botnets and Bots
• Backdoors
• Browser Highjackers
• Crineware
• Malicious Mobile Apps
• RAM Scrappers 
• Rogue Security Software
• Cryptojacking
• Hybrid Malware
• Phishing and Social Engineering
• Bugs

We listed all 22 known malware types because these are all credible threats to any connected device and network.

How Do Hackers and Cybercriminals Deliver Malware?

Statistics show that malware infections are most often distributed through emails using an infected app or malicious code via URL. 

It then spreads on its own to the user’s contacts by spamming them with these texts and emails.

USB drives can also be delivered with malware on them and used to infect a system. 

Mobile malware is also known to spread via wireless networks and routers.

Can Malware Attacks Be Prevented?

There are steps you can take to avoid malware infections.

Be sure to install and download a reputable and reliable antivirus app or program on all of your connected devices. 

Be sure to regularly update your devices and be very careful about clicking on email URL links and attachments. 

Likewise, you should only be downloading apps and programs that are from trusted sources and avoid third-party downloads when you don’t know about them.

Use strong passwords and change them regularly. Never reuse passwords for multiple devices or accounts.
It’s also recommended that you secure your firewall and install a VPN.

Regularly backup your data and store it on a secure external drive or location. 

These steps can save you a lot of money, time, and headaches.

How Many Computers Have Malware on Them?

Our resources show that 30% of all computers in the United States have some kind of malware infection.

That puts the United States in the top ten countries for infection rates. 

China has the highest percentage of malware infections at 47%.

Turkey isn’t far behind China with 42% of malware infections. 


While we have seen a decline in some areas of ransomware, statistics show increases in IoT ransomware attacks.

Therefore, the statistics we shared in this article show the fluctuations and the current highs and lows in ransomware attacks across the world. 

Even with the downturn in certain areas of malware, cyberthreats are still running rampant across the globe.

We can’t say if the downturn is just hackers taking some time to regroup and come up with more creative and damaging ways to serve up malware.

We hope that you have learned something today from the information we have shared.

We recommend that you follow the steps we mentioned to prevent malware infections on your devices. 

These malware statistics for 2024 are here for you to learn from and to become proactive about protecting yourself from unwanted malware of any kind.

Be careful out there in cyberworld.


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Written by Kelly Indah
I’m the editor at Increditools and a dedicated cybersecurity expert with a robust technical background. With over a decade’s experience in the tech industry, I have worn many hats, from software developer to security analyst.