Survey: average Windows PC is ‘sick’ more days per year than average human

“The average PC is ‘sick’ for more days annually because of virus infection and spam overload than the average human, according to Yahoo Mail. The average UK PC is rendered unusable for the equivalent of around nine working days every year because the owner is cleaning up spam or fighting viruses. This is two days a year more than the average UK worker takes off as sick leave, according to Yahoo,” Munir Kotadia reports for ZDNet UK.

“A survey of 2,500 UK email users found that 70 percent of users had been infected by a virus in the past year and 42 percent say they found it less stressful fighting their way through rush-hour traffic than finding legitimate emails among the spam in their inboxes,” Kotadia reports.

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  1. Regular maintenance is a part of normal computer operation.

    The real IT world knows that in order to keep your systems healthy you need to to do a clean install using a mirror system on a nightly schedule.

    This process is no different then the oil change you perform on your Yugo every three months.

  2. >>”The average PC is ‘sick’ for more days annually because of virus infection and spam overload than the average human,

    I’ve never had Spam overload, but it sure sounds disgusting…

  3. Hey Sput,

    I am glad that you are not manufacturing the electronics that I use. If that’s the case, I will have a full-time job in taking maintaining all the electronic items in my house.

    1. Audio system: Every month
    2. DVD player: twice a month
    3. VHS player: once in two months
    4. Television: once a week.

    And not having to take an Apple Mac running OS X that often: Priceless.

  4. Sputnik,
    whats the deal? Your sarcasm is usually much harder to read at first glance, and your last few posts have been way too obvious.
    Are you losing it?

    Or are you just a Sputnik imposter?

  5. Sputnik: A while back I came down on you pretty hard in response to what I thought was a PeeCee troll spreading FUD. Just wanna say Im sorry. You had me fooled real good. ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”smile” style=”border:0;” />

  6. Re: NoMacFor You

    Haha!! There is no WAY that I believe that! Absolutley not.

    I am in an work environment – mostly PCs, and the IT people are always helping them out – Always. Me, I watch over the Mac section which there are roughly 12 in the design area – and there is very seldom a problem.

    Yeah, you watch over 3000+ PCs, right?! And they never have a problem? Now that’ss BS, unless of course if they are all unplugged.

  7. Nice to see that folks are catching on to the Red Herring named Sputnik.

    The ‘real’ Sputnik leaves hit’n’run posts near the top of the thread. He’s a Grade A ‘Shit Stirrier’ to be sure. Further reading of subsequent posts don’t ‘read’ like his. Not the right brand of sarcasm.

    I too, love the Yugo ref, and the ‘confession’ of himself being an ‘idiot’ on another thread.

    The Russian handle seems an obvious ‘Red Herring’, the dry humored sarcasm seems British.

    Anyway, these guesses are certainly more fun than the abusive flames that get set our way. (Ron, Jay, et al.)

    On topic, the UK has social medical. I wonder if they could extend that to their ‘sick’ PeeCees ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”wink” style=”border:0;” />

  8. No, he’s not British. If needed, the proper British spellings of humour, neighbour can be faked.

    But the use of THAN instead of THEN, that’s American.

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