With increased computer networks, sophistication of software, and breakneck speed of hardware, also comes increasing threats from malicious software called computer viruses. There is no question about the fact that everyone needs to protect their computers from viruses. But the question is, can it be done without spending lots of money on antivirus software, and spending even more money on the annual subscription fees to keep the software up-to-date? The answer is yes. The operating system manufacturer provides antivirus software, which requires subscription after one year of usage.
Virus protection, meaning computer virus protection, is software that prevents, detects, and removes malware from computers. Malware collectively means computer viruses, worms, and Trojan horses. The antivirus protection also provides a web shield against adware, spyware, and the like.
There are a number of antivirus software packages available on the market, both in stores and freely downloadable. Some of the most well known computer virus protection softwares include:
1.Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2009
2.Symantec Norton AntiVirus 2009
3.BitDefender Antivirus 2009
5.Panda Antivirus 2007
6.Alwil Avast 4 Professional Edition
7.Grisoft AVG 7.5 Professional
Some of the best free virus protection (antivirus) available online includes:
1.Panda Cloud Antivirus – Free Cloud Antivirus Software
2. Immunet Pro – Free Cloud Antivirus Software
3.AVG 9 Antivirus Free Edition – Free Windows Antivirus Software
4. Forticlient EndPoint Security Suite – Free Internet Security Suite
Of course, many more virus protection software is available on the market. But good antivirus software must have the following features-
1.Automatic antivirus database updates
2.Program updates and upgrades to newer versions
3.Round-the-clock technical support
4.Optimized blend of unit technologies
5. Ease of use
Though we know the details about various forms of computer virus protection, we get stuck with the dilemma of whether to purchase one, or download free antivirus software. Here are some pros and cons for both:
1.Professional antivirus software protects against virus, spyware, and rootkit, whereas free software usually provides protection against viruses only, which means only basic protection.
2. Professional antivirus software provides total security, whereas separate antispyware and antirootkits need to be installed for freeware.
3. Professional antivirus software can be used commercially, but freeware cannot.
4. Because one has to purchase professional antivirus software, the software company provides full support in case of any problem, which is unavailable in the case of free software.
Surfing the internet is fun, but you also need to protect against malware. The best way to do this is to run the antivirus software installed on your computer periodically, which might be daily or weekly depending upon your usage. Maintaining a back up of your files is also a good habit.
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