How Does Antivirus Software Work?

Jul 18 2020 Published by under Uncategorized

If you want to make sure that you’re protected from viruses, you should get some antivirus software. This software can offer peace of mind, even for experienced computer users who would be unlikely to open a simple virus.

Antivirus software works in two ways. Firstly, it has a big ‘dictionary’ of viruses, allowing it to scan files and flag any that are known to be viral. Secondly, the software monitors the system for any suspicious activity. One method involves creating decoy files that are hidden from the user and monitoring them to see if they are altered – if they are, then it was almost certainly a virus.

The two giants of the antivirus industry are McAfee and Norton. They are both commercial software based on yearly subscriptions, and at this point there’s little to choose between them – some people swear by one, but just as many will swear by the other. However, both are quite expensive, especially if you buy them as part of the complete security suite.

If you want a free antivirus program, the best around is widely considered to be AVG (the Free Edition). It’s a small but effective antivirus application, popular firstly for being free and secondly for using hardly any system resources to run. AVG is capable of running very fast, even on older computers.

For people who don’t actually want to download and install antivirus software, but just want to quickly make sure that they don’t have a virus, TrendMicro’s HouseCall website is a good solution (you can find it at housecall.trendmicro.com). When you go to the website and click ‘Scan Now’, it will scan your computer for viruses right then and there, without you needing to install anything – and best of all, it’s free. While it is a very good service, however, you shouldn’t rely on it completely, as it is a bad idea to use a computer with no installed antivirus protection.

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Anti-Virus Software – Importance and Strategies

Jul 16 2020 Published by under Uncategorized

Good anti-virus strategies and the use of defensible anti-virus software is integral to protecting your computer these days. Viruses have evolved over time and are now more dangerous than ever. They have grown in sophistication, layered on top of lessons learned and code written by skilled programmers of bad intent over the years.

Virus development and virus protection are leapfrog events. What I mean by this is that a virus is created and deployed. Once discovered, anti-virus software companies such as Symantic, Norton or McAfee build defenses for the new virus and deploy these updates to those customers using their software.

Companies such as Microsoft and Apple are also regularly creating patches and updates to plug vulnerabilities found in their operating systems and are then deploying these to their customer base. As long as there are people and entities out there with mal-intent, this cycle will continue.

You may purchase and install virus protection software one day that defends against a number of existing known external threats, but tomorrow, something new is out there and it might get through until such time as your anti-virus defending software gets updated again to protect you against the new threat – but then you only get protected against the new threat if you are diligent about keeping your anti-virus software on your computer as current as possible. So this is the first strategy you need to employ: Always keep the anti-virus software you have purchased as current as possible. When updates are offered, implement them as soon as you can.

The next thing to understand is that there is no one anti-virus product out there today that can protect you against everything. So this means that to further minimize your system’s vulnerability – and you can never be totally secure – you want to keep your computer’s operating system as current as possible as well.

When security updates are offered, be aware that these are being offered because new system vulnerabilities have been uncovered and that what you are implementing as an update has been put out there to help protect your system against these new vulnerabilities found.

There are many aspects to protecting your computer these days relating to the use of and operation of anti-virus software. First, when you do updates to your anti-virus software application or applications, it is also not a bad idea to also regularly do a complete scan of your hard drive for viruses after the updates have been installed. By doing this, you may find some viruses that you can eradicate that were let into your computer since your last update.

Next, after you complete your updates and drive scans and your system shows you that it is clean at that point, take a full backup of your system and files as well. You never know if you’ll have to revert to this backup point at some time in the future if you subsequently get hacked or a new virus appears on your drive. Doing regular “Clean System” backups of your systems is one of the best defenses you have against damage causing intrusions.

By the way, be sure that the backups that you are doing are stored on an external device/data drive that you only attached to your computer when doing the backup. You do this to prevent viruses travelling to and infecting those external drives as well.

In summary, if you follow these steps you will go a long way to protecting your systems and minimizing damage if an intrusion of any sort happens to gain access to your computer or business network.

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Importance of Antivirus Software in the Workplace

Jul 16 2020 Published by under Uncategorized

Internet security is very important when it comes to the computers and network in your home or office. Most of the time, viruses spread easily over a network connection. As soon as one computer in your office gets infected with a virus, it can spread to the other computers. This may result in data and time loss.

You must take it seriously when choosing and installing antivirus software in the office for your computer and company’s protection. Antivirus software provides numerous benefits. As soon as you install and use it, you will get immediate protection. It will prevent the infection going into your network. It is also capable of quarantining a virus on an infected computer, preventing it to sneak and spread to other computers.

Antivirus software not only prevents virus infection to computers but also protects the company from compliance violations, data loss, identity theft, lost productivity and network downtime. It should give a wide-ranging security in protecting all types of endpoints in your system. If it fails to do that, your entire network is in danger.

In addition, your antivirus should be updated constantly to protect your office network from new viruses that will arrive in the future. You are now living in a modern world where virus writers grows as fast as they could bring harm to everyone personal and business life. Remember that a weak Internet security is dangerous. It just proves one thing, that the antivirus that you are using provides ineffective and weak protection. You wouldn’t want to risk your company because it could bring down your entire system and left you with nothing.

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