When Were You Last Hit By Malware? [MakeUseOf Poll]

Malware is an ever-present threat to anyone using a computer or other device connected to the Internet. And it doesn’t really matter what operating system you use either, because (Shock! Horror!) Macs get malware too.

OK, so the average Mac user is unlikely to encounter as much malware as the average Windows user, but they still ignore the threat at their peril. With that in mind, we want to know all about your most recent experience with malware.

Windows 10 Is Great

To answer this week’s question please scroll down the page until you see the poll staring back at you. But first, we need to look at the results from last week, when we asked, “How Do You Rate Windows 10?

Out of a total of 1,557 votes, 29.1 percent chose 4/5 – Great, 22.9% chose 5/5 – Brilliant, 13.3% chose 3/5 – Good, 9% chose 2/5 – OK, 7.3% chose 1/5 – Bad, 3.4% chose 0/5 – Shocking, 12.9% chose I Haven’t Decided Yet!, and 2.1% chose What Is Windows 10?

These results suggest most people are pleased with Windows 10, with the top three choices all being positive. Between them these positive results represent 65.3 percent of the total votes cast, with just 19.7 percent of voters registering a negative reaction to Microsoft’s latest, and possibly last, version of its operating system.


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Comment of the Week

We received a lot of great comments, including those from Bill McNair, Lottie Miller, and Howard Jordan. Comment Of The Week goes to Andy Roberts, who earns our admiration and affection for this comment:

I’ve been using Windows 10 since it’s release in October (?) and have watched it get better and better as the bugs were fixed and features added. I felt, as the final release date approached that it still wasn’t 100% and there was going to be a big new build with everything ironed out, but no, it’s still at the same stage as the last insider preview, with perhaps a few extra features for show.

Having said that, I still think it’s a better system than Windows 7 and despite Cortana not working well and a few other things, I think I’m going to enjoy watching it get better still.

We chose this comment because it offers a nice, sensible attitude to the whole thing. Windows 10 is far from perfect, but then this is, and always has been, the intention.

Windows 10 is a work in progress, with Microsoft committed to improving it immensely over the next few years. So, if it’s merely “good” now, just think how brilliant it may be by 2018 and beyond.

Malware Maelstrom

Most of us have encountered malware at some point. Clicking on a dodgy attachment in an email, visiting a website that has been hijacked, or downloading a media file that turns out to be anything but what it’s claimed to be. These are all likely scenarios.

However, with more ways to filter, detect, and eradicate malware than ever before, following common sense advice means you can mostly avoid malware. So, we simply want to know, “When Were You Last Hit By Malware?” Please vote in the poll below before reading on for further instructions…

Once you have voted in the poll above, please explain in the comments section below why you voted that way. Tell us about your most recent encounter with malware: How did you discover it? What was the source? What operating system do you use? How did you get rid of it?

The more information you can provide with your comment, the more accurate our conclusions can be based on the results. The best comment of the week will win our everlasting admiration and affection. At least until we all meet back here again this time next week with a new question.

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