Choosing The Right Antivirus Software

Protecting your computer from spyware, viruses, pop ups and malware is one of the most important things you can do as a computer owner. Not being protected can lead to stolen information or just plain harm to the computer.

Some infections can sit in the background and wait until the right time to deploy. By having a good antivirus program you can protect your computer at all times. Here are some tips to help you choose the right antivirus software for your system.

When looking for the right antivirus software do not forget to compare pricing. Most antivirus software is fairly priced. Some well known antivirus software can be very pricy due to the well known name that the company has. One of the more affordable antivirus programs that I know is low priced, but has great quality. It’s called Etrust, and it’s made by Computer Associates (CA).

Automatic Updates
You can pay all the money in the world for a good antivirus program, but if the antivirus signatures do not update automatically then it is not worth it. Almost every computer user does not even pay attention if the antivirus is on or not – most just assume it is taking care of business. By having an antivirus that automatically updates it can help keep the antivirus software up to date and protect you from the newest threats.

Frequency of Signature Updates
An important part of the software is how often the software actually updates. They say that a new virus is created every four minutes. So good antivirus software sends out multiple updates every day to make sure the virus signatures are up to date on the most recent threats.

Active Scanning
Active scanning is another feature that is very good to have. Some antivirus programs only protect the computer fi les as they’re being used or access, and not all the fi les on the system. You want protection that is active all of the time, and scans files and programs as you access them.

By having it scan it will look through all fi les on the computer to make sure there are no sleeping threats on the system. Many infections will just keep coming back so having the computer scan every day helps protect from those types of infections.

When looking at antivirus software, you have to ask yourself: “Will it slow down my computer?”

If the software takes a lot of space and resources, you may fi nd it will slow down your system when it’s working. If you sit down and think of these topics before you rush into buying new antivirus software, I am sure you will get great software for your money.

Also there are many websites that will compare antivirus programs if you are worried about the safety of your computer.

If you have any questions or concerns about the best antivirus for you, please feel free to give us a call here at Tech Experts at (734) 457-5000.