Survey: Legitimate websites more likely to carry a virus than adult sites

One of the most oft-repeated warnings about computer viruses is that if you visit an adult-themed website you're more likely to get a one than shopping online or reading the news. Computer security company Avast! wanted to test this Internet assumption. So the company analyzed infected web sites for a 30-day period and found that legitimate websites were many times more likely to contain an infected file than those with adult content.

During the a 30-day period from late April through June, Avast monitored infected web sites, of which 24,368 traditional .com web sites that did not contain adult content. The survey of infected sites showed that only 339 contained "adult specific keywords."