Antivirus FAQ

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Why do I need to pay for AV?

A free Antivirus software grants you a very basic protection package and often does not cover spam filtering and web protection. Paid antivirus software, however, will thoroughly protect you anywhere and from anything, including Trojans and malware, and will provide protection across web browsers, email and other places where you could be exposed. It’s a lot safer to purchase an antivirus software than rely on the free option. Read the full article for further information and comparison.

What is the difference between business and consumer antivirus programs?

The features and capabilities usually differ. The reasons for this are namely because businesses will require a license that works on multiple computers, and because they are vulnerable to different kinds of threats than the average consumer. For example, a business requires security services for their servers and the online services they provide for their customers. Antivirus products for consumers are usually limited to 1-3 devices and provide protection against threats that can reach your PC through browsing, downloading software, and using your email.

What is Antivirus Software?

Antivirus software is a program that you install on your computer, tablet, or mobile phone in order to protect your files, privacy and identity. There are many security companies today that provide antivirus software, usually each brand offers different versions and packages so that every user can find the product that’s perfect for his/her needs. All antivirus products vary in features, ranging from complete protection online and offline, including parental control and protection against identity theft, to making sure no trojans, worms, or other malware is installed on your device.

How Much Does an Antivirus Software Cost?

There are many basic antivirus programs available for free, however they are usually limited in the features and security that they provide. For comprehensive security on all channels, it is best to purchase a security package from a brand you trust. Prices range greatly, depending on the brand, product you purchase, and subscription type. Most products can be purchased for an annual subscription, though many offer discounts if you purchase a 2 or 3 year subscription up front.

Does Antivirus Software Protect Me Online?

That depends on the antivirus software you purchase. Basic antivirus products don’t always have features that protect you online. If you want complete security on all channels, it is best to search for a security suite that includes internet protection. This usually includes protection against identity theft, warnings before you visit unsafe sites that may contain malware (called “safe browsing”), anti-phishing, anti-spam, and even protection against unsafe links in your social network feed.

What Are Computer Viruses?

Originally, the term “virus” was used only to describe malicious code that spreads through emails, drives, or downloads, but today it is a broad term for any program designed to act on your device without your approval or knowledge. This includes worms, trojans, adware, and spyware. A computer virus compromises your device, files, and personal information and can spread to other devices, steal your personal information, corrupt or delete data, and even prevent your computer from working at all.

How Can I Make Sure My Antivirus Software Is Working?

Testing your antivirus software by attempting to install malware is ill-advised and is an unnecessary risk. Certain features, like safe browsing, can be tested by doing a simple search on Google to see if the antivirus program shows you which links are safe and which aren’t. Other features, like virus protection, should be assessed by reading in-depth reviews from trusted sources about the product before you purchase it. Products that include “behavior detection” or “threat emulation” usually have better chances of catching new and unknown viruses before they can do any harm.

Can I Use Multiple Antivirus Programs at the Same Time?

Most antivirus products will not work well with other similar products and many can’t even be installed if another antivirus program is active. It is best to choose a security suite that answers all of your needs and use only the product you purchased for complete security. If you do choose to use multiple programs, make sure to check that they are compatible and do not interfere with each other’s prime goal: to protect your PC, files, and identity.

I Bought a New PC. Do I Have a Default Antivirus Already Installed on It?

Not all PCs and laptops come with antivirus protection. It greatly depends on where you purchased the PC and what you paid for, and even the operating system. Windows 8, for example, comes with antivirus software called “Windows Defender” already installed, while previous versions of Windows require that you purchase a security suite separately. Even if your computer does come with antivirus software installed, it does not mean that your PC is safe. We recommend reading reviews and counting the available features of the product you have, in order to make sure it answers all of your security concerns.

What Are Rootkits?

Rootkits are programs that attempt to hide the fact that your computer has been compromised from your antivirus program. Detecting rootkits is very important because they hide malicious files by making them appear to be harmless so that your antivirus program does not scan them. They are very difficult to detect and are used by hackers interested in accessing your personal files without your knowledge.

What Are Trojans?

A trojan is called such because its behavior is very much like the famous Trojan horse in the Greek mythology’s story of the Trojan war. It is a type of malware that users download to their computer because it is disguised as something harmless. Once installed, it does not replicate like a virus, but rather downloads and installs other malware or viruses on your computer.

What is a Firewall?

A firewall is a program or hardware that screens out attacks from hackers, including worms or attempts to access your computer over the internet. Most antivirus products today provide you with a “firewall” feature, which means additional protection against any outside source attempting to access your computer online. Usually, your router may have an additional firewall configured by your internet provider, though it is best to have a reliable antivirus product with the firewall feature active for maximum protection.

What is Malware?

Malware is a term used to describe any malicious software, from viruses and trojans to rootkits and adware. Any piece of software that attempts to corrupt your files or steal your information is considered malware and antivirus programs update their systems constantly to stay up to date with all of the latest malware threats. The best antivirus products use behavioral detection to efficiently catch all malware attacks.

What is Phishing?

A phishing scam is when you get an email that appears to be from a legitimate source attempting to get you to give your personal information or credit card details. It is always important never to log in to personal accounts or to enter your credit card information in links clicked directly from an email without checking that the sender’s email looks authentic.

Why Won’t You Review All Antivirus Software on the Market?

There are many available security brands on the market and it is nearly impossible to provide reviews for them all. However, we do cover the leading security brands and antivirus products on the market. After in-depth review, we hand-pick the best ones, to ensure that whichever you decide to go with, you are still getting efficient and effective protection against malicious attacks. Whichever feature is important to you, you are sure to find it among one of the products we review.

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