The new high for malicious programs was revealed by security firm Symantec in the latest edition of its bi-annual Internet Security Threat Report.

The vast majority of these programs have been created in the last twelve months, said Symantec.

Cyber criminals pump out malware to fool anti-virus programs which look for characteristics they have already seen.

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That’s a large number of computer viruses available and ready to attack a computer without anti-virus protection! Anti-virus software companies can now rejoice over the fact that dependability on anti-virus will continually grow.