Why is it important in today’s business world to invest in anti-virus protection? With the rapid changes in technology, it is imperative now more than ever that you protect your computer. Less than honest individuals are using some very clever techniques to steal your information.
Just this morning one of our customers reported receiving an email from the Electronic Payment Association with an attachment. If you did a search on this organization, you will see that it does exist, however, there is a place on its website that explains that fraudulent are being sent and they would NEVER send an attachment.
Myrtle Beach Computer Repair PCRx recommends that you install software that searches for the threats to your computer and then eliminates them from being a problem. With so many antivirus programs available, how do you know which one to install? Unfortunately, there is no definitive right or wrong answer. Many people have asked us about the free programs that are offered and programs for which you pay an annual subscription.
Before we answer that question, let’s take a look at viruses in general. Unlike a human virus, a computer virus can be detected and eliminated prior to actually causing problems. A computer virus seeks to enter your hard drive and wreak havoc on your files. They slow down your computer by using up your hard drive space not leaving space for online programs, such as your browser, to work. They are looking to steal personal information such as financial data. What you are left with is a big mess that is a real problem to unravel.
In many instances, antivirus software will come pre-installed on your computer. If this is the case, then it is probably a free trial version of the software or a paid subscription that was ordered when you ordered your computer. The goal of this software is to detect a virus within items on your hard drive and remove them based on either your specifications or the person that setup your hardware.
In the case of a paid subscription, you will receive a message when it is close to time to renew. This will usually be in the form of a pop-up message warning you that your account is about to expire which will leave your system unprotected.
When that message appears, you have the choice of renewing the subscription or opting for one of the free versions available. Either way you will want to do your homework before making a decision.
So what do you need to look for? An antivirus program needs to alert you when a virus is trying to hack your system. Spyware falls into the antivirus category and should let you know if you’re in danger prior to downloading a file or if you have downloaded a file that is infected.
Free programs usually provide these services but at a minimal level. Often you can get by with a free program and they will offer you additional features for a fee. Depending on your usage and the security level of what you store on your computer you may need the extra features. Myrtle Beach Computer Repair PCRx technicians can help you decide what is best for you and your situation.
If you are careful where you go on the internet and never open unsolicited attachments, a free antivirus program will probably work. Being aware of where you are going on the internet and following good procedures for downloading and opening attachments eliminates much of the risk.
Take our advice:
If you are using a paid subscription and are still within the 30-day trial period that most programs provide, do some comparison shopping between free and paid versions. If the free software gives you have you need, you are in good shape.
Remember it only takes a minute to give us a call at 843-488-4100 and run by us what you are currently using or plan to use for our advice.
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