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NH Users Most Likely to Download Malware
 
Published Friday, July 21, 2017

Photo: Flickr/Christoph Scholz


What is wrong with NH people? Apparently, computer users in NH are three times as likely to get a malware infection on their computers compared to the rest of the country, according to research from Enigma Software Group (ESG). In fact, the infection rate in NH was 201 percent higher than the average infection rate for all 50 states. 

The ESG research team compiled their latest data based on more than 1.5 million infections detected on their SpyHunter software in all 50 states in the first six months of 2017. Colorado, Virginia, New Jersey and Oregon were the next highest states.

"It's hard to tell exactly why some states have higher infection rates than others," says ESG spokesperson Ryan Gerding. "In the top five alone, you've got east coast and west coast states, highly populated states and sparsely populated ones. Regardless of where you live, it's always important to stay vigilant for infections all the time."

Other key findings from the ESG's mid-year infection analysis include:

  • Overall infections have actually dropped on a monthly basis since January 2017. In June 2017, infections in the US were down 31 percent over infections in Januar, which ESG believes is due in part to users updating to more secure versions of their Windows operating system.
  • On a city by city basis, Orlando, Denver and St. Louis had the highest infection rates compared to other major cities in the U.S.
  • Tennessee, Alabama and Mississippi had the lowest infection rates in the first half of 2017.

Below is the full ranking of all 50 states and how much their infection rate differed from the national average in the first six months of 2017.

  1. NH, 201% higher
  2. Colorado, 143% higher
  3. Virginia, 80% higher
  4. New Jersey, 64% higher
  5. Oregon, 25% higher
  6. New York, 24% higher
  7. Montana, 24% higher
  8. Missouri, 23% higher
  9. Arizona, 18% higher
  10. Maine, 17% higher
  11. Wyoming, 17% higher
  12. Arkansas, 17% higher
  13. Wisconsin, 14% higher
  14. Massachusetts, 11% higher
  15. Georgia, 10% higher
  16. North Dakota, 8% higher
  17. Nevada, 6% higher
  18. Nebraska, 5% higher
  19. Rhode Island, 5% higher
  20. Florida, 3% higher
  21. South Dakota, 3% higher
  22. Vermont, 2% higher
  23. Washington, 1% lower
  24. Iowa, 1% lower
  25. Kansas, 2% lower
  26. Ohio, 3% lower
  27. Idaho, 3% lower
  28. Pennsylvania, 5% lower
  29. South Carolina, 5% lower
  30. Illinois, 6% lower
  31. Maryland, 6% lower
  32. New Mexico, 7% lower
  33. Texas, 9% lower
  34. North Carolina, 10% lower
  35. Alaska, 10% lower
  36. Utah, 16% lower
  37. Michigan, 18% lower
  38. Kentucky, 20% lower
  39. Louisiana, 20% lower
  40. Oklahoma, 21% lower
  41. West Virginia, 24% lower
  42. Minnesota, 27% lower
  43. Hawaii, 30% lower
  44. California, 30% lower
  45. Connecticut, 31% lower
  46. Delaware, 32% lower
  47. Indiana, 35% lower
  48. Tennessee, 47% lower
  49. Alabama, 50% lower
  50. Mississippi, 53% lower         

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