Every day, the AV-TEST Institute registers over 450,000 new malicious programs (malware) and potentially unwanted applications (PUA). These are examined and classified according to their characteristics and saved. Visualisation programs then transform the results into diagrams that can be updated and produce current malware statistics.
The top graph ("Total Malware") shows the numbers accumulated since 1984. The next graphic ("New Malware") contains the monthly newly discovered malicious programs. Many malware samples are only active for a short period of time and only a few pose a permanent threat.