Antivirus Programs Tips
What to look out for when installing new
When you buy a new computer, one of the first things you must do
is protect your investment from malicious software programs such as viruses, worms, spyware, and
trojans. These programs can cause serious damage to your computer system by erasing data or providing your
sensitive data to criminals, commonly known as identity theft. You can help protect your personal computer by installing antivirus
software to remove and prevent nasty viruses and spyware.
Choosing Antivirus Program
There are various antivirus programs available on the market, both free and paid.
Free antivirus programs offer a good protection, but it comes with a somewhat reduced capacity. The idea behind
free antivirus programs is to give you the basic protection, while offering you a full protection at a cost. Beware
of the "free" anti virus programs that are actually only trial paid versions. Paid antivirus programs are best way
to go. Among the best paid antivirus programs are McAfee and Norton Antivirus, to name a two. Of the free versions, Avira, AVG, and Avast will do the basic work. Keep in mind that
Avast can be heavy on resource use (see below), although it has some other advantages, such as removing viruses
before Windows load up (after it's been installed for the first time).
What to look out for in your antivirus
While antivirus programs do the same job, there are several things to
keep in mind when choosing an antivirus program.
» Ease of Use
First you will want to consider the ease of use of the software. The average
computer user is not tech savvy so you will want your antivirus software to be very user friendly. Look for
features such as easy configuration as well as scanning your system on demand. The software should also
automatically check for updates and remind you to scan your computer, by taking a note of the last scan done. Even
if you don't detect a virus, it's good to scan your computer at least once a month; more often if you do a lot of
A good antivirus program will also be able to remove dangerous viruses, trojans, and worms and prevent new ones from infecting
your computer. If the program cannot completely remove these viruses, it should at the minimum be able to keep
the virus from spreading. Most of the antivirus programs will warn you when they detect an unusual activity on
your computer. If the program detects a virus, it will give the name of the virus and stop its activity.
It's then up to you to remove the virus using your antivirus software, or seek other programs to remove it if your
program can't do it. The quicker you can do this, the less harm will be done to your computer system.
It is also important to ask if the software is a system hog. Many antivirus
programs can use up a lot of your computer's resources slowing down your system. This can cause problems if
you plan on running your antivirus software in the background while you continue to work. There are many good
programs available that use resources more effectively. They run unnoticed in the background while you
continue to work normally. This includes automatic updates, which good programs do almost unnoticed. The more RAM
(Random Access Memory) or "working memory" your computer has, the less noticed your antivirus program will do its
Some antivirus programs do include spyware prevention but in order to be fully
protected, you may opt for purchasing separate spyware software as well. A separate spyware program can help
ensure that your computer is safe from spyware issues that a combo program may not be equipped to catch.
One of the best anti-spyware programs is Malwarebytes Anti-Malware, available as
both free and paid version. Another good anti-spyware program to use is Zone Alarm, also available as free and paid
Tips - When choosing antivirus software for your new or old computer, there
are some basics that you should know before you decide on what antivirus program to download
and install on your computer system.
Prevention - Simple and practical steps will help you protect your computer
against viruses by preventing your system from being infected by a
Protection - What is a computer virus and how to best protect your computer
system from viruses and other online threats.
Computer Viruses and Worms - While many computer viruses are just
designed to annoy us, some can cause serious computer damage. This particularly applies to worms, which
are usually amongst most destructive viruses. See the list of more destructive worms and trojans, and
what they can do to your computer.
Fighting Computer Viruses - Antivirus programs generally keep pace
with current virus threats. But instead of only relying on those programs doing their job, take some
simple steps to protect your computer and avoid getting infected by a virus.
Antivirus Program - One of the best free antivirus programs is Avast Antivirus. If
you're not already familiar with this program, read our review of this easy to use antivirus program
and how to use it.
Norton Antivirus Program - Who hasn't yeat heard of Symantec's
Norton Antivirus!? One of the most reliable, paid antivirus programs is easy to use and provides a good
all-round protection for your computer.
Horse - Even if you're an occasional computer user, no doubt you know about trojan
horses and the threat they can pose to your computer. Often masquerading as a harmless application,
trojan horse can be a destructive program.
Zone Alarm - One of the
internet security programs that should be on your computer as part of online protection.
Available both in free and paid version, Zone Alarm monitors your online traffic and acts as a
firewall, to protect your computer against malware threats.