It is time to go on offense against malware
Malware is just another form of cyber warfare and what the government should do is actively attack the makers of this software like they should be doing with the cyber warriors that attack government and business. Just staying on the defensive is costly and lowers productivity as the anti virus programs bog down the computing. Criminal penalties alone are not enough to deter the criminals. Finding a way to trace the virus and malware back to its source and destroy the operations of those responsible should be a priority.
The programs rarely block freshly minted strains, because creators of malware move too fast.