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Internet Threat Levels

The current Internet Threat Level is set by our experts in the virus lab. Below you can find a definition of when and why a specific level applies.

General risk

General Risk Threat Level
  • A normal infection rate of known threats on unpatched and unprotected systems is monitored.
  • No significant new threats have been discovered.

Users with up-to-date Anti-Virus and Anti-Spyware Software and the latest operating system patches installed are not at risk.

Elevated risk

Elevated Risk Threat Level
  • New malware has been detected that may lead to an increased attack rate or load on networks, but it is not yet widespread.
  • A new proof of concept code for a vulnerability is detected that may lead to a serious outbreak due to the critical nature of the vulnerability.

Users with up-to-date Anti-Virus and Anti-Spyware Software and the latest operating system patches installed are not at risk.

High risk

High Risk Threat Level
  • New malware may present a threat even to computers with the latest operating system patches.
  • A new variant of a known threat which previously caused a significant outbreak was detected in the wild.

Users are strongly advised to install new Anti-Virus and Anti-Spyware updates as well as operating system patches as soon as they are available.

Extreme risk

Extreme Risk Threat Level
  • New malware is spreading very fast, posing a potential danger to the majority of systems and could lead to flooded networks and servers.
  • A very high number of infections has been monitored within the last 24 hours.

Users are strongly advised to install new Anti-Virus and Anti-Spyware updates as well as operating system patches as soon as they are available.