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New data shows constant rise of new malware on Windows, Linux, MacOS and Android

2022 has been a year full of surprises and twists, but now as it nears its end, many companies are coming out with their lists and rankings of many aspects of the tech world. AV-TEST is one such company that specializes in anti-malware solutions. The good folks at AV-TEST recently came forward with some fascinating figures about the malware growth that took place in 2022.

According to their data, the company had received almost 70 million new malware samples on Windows. This statistic makes macOS very humbled with only 12,000 new samples being derived, thus it makes the number of samples from Windows 5,000 times less what was seen on macOS. But, if we talk about Linux it comes a bit close to what Windows had with 2 million new samples being seen on Linux. But the figures for Windows are still over 60 times higher than those of Linux.

Remarkably, even though Windows had the largest amount of malware, ever since September, the amount of malware being detected has stooped low and is progressively lowering even more. On a month-by-month basis in January, the amount of malware alongside Potential Unwanted Applications (PUA) was at its lowest.


Next up is macOS which had the lowest amount of malware found out of all 3 this year. The amount of PUA remained more or less the same throughout the year at or close to 1,800,000 samples found. However, even though the malware count is comparatively small the operating system found itself plagued with an increase in malware in November and December both.

But what is most impressive is that Linux saw the best year as it seems that the app has killed all sorts of new growth because ever since June there has been little to no new growth in this year.

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