New research from Telewest suggests that UK consumers will spend a collective £3bn dealing with virus attacks and their after effects.
A poll of 1,395 people found that the average cost of fixing a virus attack is £261. Over a quarter of PC owners questioned admitted to ditching their PC and buying a new one rather than paying to have it cleaned up.
"The cost of leaving your PC open to infection is not to be sniffed at," said Philip Snalune, director of product management and marketing at Telewest.
"People understandably worry about catching colds and viruses at this time of year, but the effects of a PC virus can potentially cost the average person around three times more to cure."
More than one in 10 respondents to the poll were not adequately protected with antivirus software, despite over 70 per cent indicating that they were worried about the effects of an attack.
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