The AV-TEST Report for 2016 – 2017 unveiled recently calls ransomware a marginal phenomenon emphasizing that just 0.94 percent of all malware created in 2016 was a ransom Trojan.
The AV-TEST team says that there is a zero signal of any noteworthy increase of figures that 2016 was the year of ransomware. AV-TEST is a completely independent organization that tests the accurateness and performance of antivirus programs.
Making not even 1 percent of the total amount of malware samples for Windows, ransomware seems initially to be a negligible fact.
There are numerous rational reasons why ransom Trojans obtained such a great deal of hype in the past year, regardless of the low-level statistics. For instance, an individual may be infected by a rootkit or a banking Trojan for months and be unaware of it. However as soon as a person is attacked with ransomware, he will find out about it the next moment, due to the fact that ransomware will alter his wallpaper and encrypt his documents.
Ransomware causes a lot of buzz and social sharing, and for this reason, we notice media writes about it every day. Other forms of malicious programs which are a lot more widespread, but at the same time stealthier, get fewer media coverage.
AV-Test’s investigations prove that ransomware is a not a prevalent menace as a lot of would think about, but at the same time warns against under evaluating ransomware. Just one ransom Trojan can cause enormous economic damages and even harm human lives.
The same white paper also emphasizes that malware, on the whole, has moved down in 2016 by 14 percent, in comparison to 2015, and that Trojans, worms, and viruses continue to be the major threats far ahead of ransomware.
Malicious software for Apple devices rose by 370 percent, Android malware types increased two times.