As we all know, coming into contact with other people makes us susceptible to germs, bacteria, infection, and viruses. Well, just like you, your computer is also at risk. The more computers your machine comes into contact with, the better the chances your machine will become infected with a virus. This means that surfing the Internet or simply swapping files with coworkers, friends, and family can put your computer at great risk.
Most of us use our PCs for far more than just word processing. Unfortunately, the odds are against us when it comes to computer viruses. Chances are, at some point, we will all be affected to a certain degree, and because of this increased threat, it’s vital for all of us to utilize reliable antivirus software.
Good antivirus software is designed to quarantine or delete any corrupt files that come into contact with your computer. Most antivirus programs work by consulting a massive list of known viruses and immediately isolating any file on your machine with coding from a known virus.
Because virus programs are written every day, and some even harbor the ability to mutate and evolve on their own, it’s imperative that we keep our virus software up to date. Let’s look at some of the options available to us when it comes to antivirus software.
Most antivirus software comes standard with features like spam filtering for email, auto backup for files, firewalls, website authentication, and spyware protection. Enlisting the use of antivirus software will protect, not only yourself, your privacy, and your files, but will also protect your friends, family, and business contacts. How is this possible? Well, viruses often ‘piggyback’ email sent from one PC to another, thusly infecting that PC also.
There is a wide variety of antivirus software available today. Some of these are McAfee Viruscan, Norton Antivirus, Microsoft Live OneCare, Panda, and AVG. All of these programs offer exceptional benefits, but there are some things to consider. For example, what features do you want? Do you download often? Do you frequent high-risk websites? Are you using wireless Internet? These are just to name a few. Be sure to make an extensive list of concerns prior to searching for your antivirus software.
Finally, be sure to keep your budget in mind. You can purchase most antivirus software in the form of annual subscriptions. These subscriptions can run from around forty to eighty dollars annually, and are well worth the purchase. If you’re budget is particularly tight, you can also consider employing a free program. If you elect this route, be sure to do your homework. Sometimes ‘free’ means ‘inferior’. So far, the highest rated free antivirus software is offered by AVG.
Shop around and do thorough research – but act fast, your computer could be next!