Choosing Anti Virus Software

Choosing Anti Virus Software



Choosing Anti-Virus Software
There are a​ number of​ companies that provide software solutions to​ virus,​ Trojan,​ and internet worm attacks .​
It can be really confusing when you​ compare three different software packages from five different companies trying to​ find the​ one that is​ right for you​ .​
With that in​ mind,​ there are several very important things that you​ need to​ consider when choosing antivirus software:
1) How often/fast are the​ virus definitions updated .​
You want the​ answer to​ be as​ soon as​ a​ new threat is​ found.
2) Are the​ virus definitions updated automatically by the​ software? you​ want the​ answer to​ be YES.
3) Can you​ configure the​ software to​ check for updates every time you​ go online? you​ want the​ answer to​ be YES.
4) is​ the​ software smart so that it​ can find viruses it​ doesn't even know about yet? you​ want the​ answer to​ be YES.
5) Can it​ scan incoming and outgoing email automatically? you​ want the​ answer to​ be YES.
6) Can you​ configure it​ once to​ perform automatic scans of​ your entire computer on​ a​ regular schedule? you​ want the​ answer to​ be YES.
7) Does it​ provide a​ way to​ 'clean out' any viruses etc .​
that are found? you​ want the​ answer to​ be YES.
8) Are upgrades to​ the​ software package performed automatically,​ regularly,​ and at​ no cost? you​ want the​ answer to​ be YES.
There are a​ few major players in​ the​ field that you​ should know about in​ order to​ make an​ informed decision about which antivirus software solution to​ buy and use .​
There are Norton Antivirus,​ Trend Micro's PC-cillin,​ and McAfee Antivirus .​
Sophos and Grisoft’s AVG are also very god choices .​
All of​ the​ top antivirus solutions will provide each of​ the​ eight points above (and more).
There are quite a​ few smaller players on​ the​ market as​ well .​
In many cases they are quite good .​
However,​ most of​ the​ smaller players in​ this market don't have the​ resources (yet) to​ keep up with constantly changing virus threats .​
For now I​ would recommend staying away from them .​
Not because they are poor products,​ but simply because they aren't able to​ consistently provide each of​ the​ eight requirements above .​
The first few days after a​ new virus appears are often when it​ can do the​ most damage .​
The sooner you​ get an​ update the​ better .​
The big 3 will provide automatic updates to​ new threats usually within days of​ a​ new virus being found .​
Sophos and AVG are similar .​
Smaller players may take several days to​ provide updates,​ which are often not automatic .​
This should be enough basic information to​ help you​ on​ your way to​ choosing a​ good antivirus software .​
If you’d like to​ learn more first,​ there is​ plenty to​ read at​ www.antivirus-report.com/antivirus-software.html




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