Fighting Computer Viruses
Advancements in Antivirus Software
help you with fighting viruses
Apart from fighting email spam, protecting your computer
from a virus is getting harder and harder each day. While it may border on the paranoid, it goes
without saying that you can’t leave your guard down for one second.
Even corporate giant Microsoft has found its own systems compromised
on more than one occasion. This article provides some usefl advice on how to protect your computer against
Internet Provides an Easy Conduit for Computer
Remember the "good old days", before the advent of the Internet and
downloadable programs? Life was simple then in terms of computer viruses. With the primary way in which a virus
could be transmitted being limited to floppy disks, the ability to catch and eradicate the virus was a lot easier.
By today’s standards, it used to take quite a while before a virus was able to infect a computer and slow down the
system. The antivirus software of that time was typically able to identify and eradicate viruses before they caused
too much damage. Additionally, computer users were pretty savvy on how to protect themselves in terms of scanning
all floppy disks before copying them to our desktop.
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The Internet helped change all that. The Internet provided a conduit
by which viruses could move from host to host with lightening speed. No longer could a computer user just worry
about floppy disks as points of entry, but they now had to worry about email, email attachments, peer-to-peer file
sharing, instant messaging, and software downloads. Today’s viruses can attack through multiple entry points,
spread without human intervention, and take full advantage of vulnerabilities within a system or program. With
technology advancing everyday, and the convergence of computers with other mobile devices, the potential of new
types of threats also increase.
How to Avoid Getting Infected by Computer
Luckily, the advancement of antivirus software has kept pace with
current virus threats. Antivirus software is essential to a computer’s ability to fend off viruses and other
malicious programs. These products are designed to protect against the ability of a virus to enter a computer
through email, web browsers, file servers and desktops. Additionally, these programs offer a centralized control
feature that handle deployment, configuration and updating.
A computer user should remain diligent and follow a few simple steps
to protect against the threat of a virus:
Evaluate your current computer security system
With the threat of a new generation of viruses able to attack in a
multitude of ways, the approach of having just one antivirus software version has become outdated. You need to be
confident that you have protected all aspects of your computer system from the desktop to the network, and from the
gateway to the server. Consider a more comprehensive security system which includes several features including
antivirus, firewall, content filtering, and intrusion detection. This type of system will make it more difficult
for the virus to penetrate your system.
2. Only install antivirus software created by a well-known, reputable
Because new viruses erupt daily, it is important that you regularly
update your antivirus software. Become familiar with the software’s real-time scan feature and configure it to
start automatically each time you boot your computer. This will protect your system by automatically checking your
computer each time it is powered up.
3. Make it a habit to always scan all new programs or files no matter from where they
Never download any programs from an unknown source, no matter how
tempting they may sound, especially if they're freeware or shareware. Such programs can often contain
4. Exercise caution when opening binary, Word, or Excel documents of unknown
This is especially important if they were received during an
online chat or as an attachment to an email. Or even downloaded from an unknown site.
5. Perform regular backups in case your system is corrupted
The more important your data and cosuments are, the more regularly
and more promptly should you back them up. It may be the only way for you to recover your data if infected with a
virus that can't be removed.
Recommended Software for Fighting
There are numerous applications available to consumers. With a little
research, you can pick the program that is right for you. Many programs provide a trial version which allows you to
download the program and test its abilities. However, be aware that some anti-virus programs can be difficult to
uninstall. As a precaution make sure to set up a System Restore point before installing.
Here are a few antivirus software programs which typically receive
high marks in terms of cost, effectiveness, ease of use, and customer service.
» The Shield Pro 2005™
The Shield Pro provides virus protection and hacker security through
ongoing support and updates. When a virus breaks out, The Shield Pro 2005™ promises to provide a patch within 2-3
hours and a fix for the virus within 5 hours. You can set your computer to update viruses weekly
and run a complete virus scan.
» BitDefender 9 Standard
Bit Defender provides antivirus protection, as well as Peer-2-Peer
Applications protection, full email protection, and heuristics in a virtual environment. This provides a new
security layer that keeps the operating system safe from unknown viruses by detecting malicious pieces of code for
which signatures have not been released yet.
» Kaspersky Anti-Virus Personal
Kaspersky antivirus program is simple to install and use. The user
only needs to choose from three levels of protection. It allows updates as frequently as every hour while promising
not to disrupt your computer. The program also offers a two-tier email protection feature and round-the-clock
» PC-cillin Internet Security
This internet security program combines antivirus security and
a personal firewall—for comprehensive protection against viruses, worms, Trojans, and hackers. It also detects and
removes spyware and blocks spam. It even guards against identity theft by blocking phishing and pharming
» AVG Anti-Virus Free
AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition is a free downloadable antivirus program that has received high marks for its reliability.
In the past, free downloadable antivirus programs have been viewed skeptically because of issues relating to its
reliability. However, AVG from
Grisoft, remains one of the best-known free anti-virus programs available. While AVG can not be installed on a
server operating system and there is no technical support, it still makes a good choice for many home computer
users. The best part is that since it is free, you can try it with no further obligation necessary.