Hackers, viruses, spyware, SPAM are the equivalent of the schoolyard bully. They do it for many reasons, but it always causes you headaches. This is why having an antivirus program on all your home computers is so important.
Do I need antivirus if I don’t use the Internet very much?
Yes. No matter what, you should always have an antivirus program on your computer and it should be up-to-date.
What does it mean to be “Up-to-date”?
All antivirus programs have “Virus Definitions.” Virus Definitions are the files the antivirus company has written that detect new viruses that have been found on the Internet. Most companies produce new definitions every day. You should be wary of a program that does not publish definitions on a daily basis.
Can I use more than one antivirus? Will that protect me more?
No. Most, if not all, antivirus programs highly recommend you not run more than one antivirus program on your computer. There are several reasons to only run one but the two primary reasons are below.
- Antivirus programs use a lot of resources
- Multiple Antivirus programs may detect each other as viruses and disable features leaving you unprotected
I don’t want to buy antivirus. Is there anything free?
Yes. There are a few options you could try. I would recommend one of the two options below.
Click Here to download ClamAV Free
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AVG Free Antivirus
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The key to any antivirus program it to keep an eye on it, make sure that it’s always updated. It’s a good idea to check your antivirus definitions weekly to make sure that it’s up to date. You should also make sure that you set up a full scan weekly and make sure you set up an active scan to scan daily. This will help prevent your computer from getting viruses.
In the end the best way to prevent viruses is to be smart when using the internet.