Hi John and Everybody.
John, I am sure I would speak on behalf of many who have been reading this thread in thanking you for your great contribution to the benefit of those of us who are not so computer savvy. Therefore, perhaps you could give us the benefit of your experience (along with anyone else who would like to post) in explaining what would be the percentage risk of a personal or small business PC becoming badly affected by the sort of infections you describe.
To someone with a home PC it would seem to me that all they can do is install a good antivirus and Internet security program. For small businesses with perhaps more than six computers all they can do is to again install good software and as we do contract a good and established computer maintenance person/company to regularly inspect and maintain the system. Large companies usually have their own computer personnel and systems, but even they seem to be vulnerable to attack with press reports of several large American and European companies having their systems brought down by infection which is sometimes suspected as being sponsored by hostile governments.
With the above in mind, is there any Internet site that anyone is aware of which can give assessments of virus infection which have been produced by persons trained in numeric risk assessment. I state the above because as someone working in industrial safety it is through numeric risk assessment that companies we deal with gauge the amount of time and resources they should put into accident prevention based on the operations they are carrying out. However, I have never seen or been made aware of anything similar in the computer industry even though people advise all too often on the high risks and dangers of virus infection.
Also John, further to your earlier posting I am due to retire on the 28th of this month with recruitment problem being solved and the sale of the business coming into the final stages right now. So there’s going to be one hell of a swansong party on the 28th followed by a long holiday which just might see us in your part of the world.