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This post will give you a definition of antivirus. Tell you why you need antivirus. Give sources of how viruses get into your computer. Show you how to locate your antivirus. And tell you the best antivirus people need.
What is an antivirus?
I get this question all of the time… Simply put, it is insurance for your computer. Antivirus keeps you from getting viruses, adware, spyware, ransomware. Or like getting the flu shot to prevent you being sick with the flu. The only difference is it’s on your computer.
Do you need an Antivirus for Windows 10?
Yes, Windows 10 comes with a free antivirus Windows Defender. The main reason to have antivirus installed on your computer is to protect your, data, pictures, and programs. It keeps your computer running faster. Like it did when you first purchased it. If you want a different antivirus you must remove Windows Defender first. If you leave Defender on along with another antivirus. It will lock you away from your files. You will get the “apps cannot be opened message”.
The Top sources of virus attacks are:
- Email attachments ( most popular) scan all of your emails even from friends and family.
- Booting from CD (especially those from an unknown source) remove CDs before shutting down your computer so it won’t accidentally boot your computer.
- Downloadable Programs such as (games, freeware, screensavers)
- Internet ( most common) think before you click download
- Illegal versions of software ( cheap versions of software)
- Cracked software ( software that the serial numbers have been stolen )
Should you get paid or free antivirus?
If you have Windows 10 it comes with a free version of Windows Defender, (as I stated before) Windows 7 comes with a free version of Microsoft Security Essentials. I have taken both of these off a lot of systems that had viruses. So… they are not my favorite.
This depends on the user. Some free antivirus gives you basic protection. Such as scanning for malware and checking for bad links. Some have firewalls. The best part about the “good” free antiviruses is you can run them with Malwarebytes for added protection. And of course, it’s free!
I usually recommend this for people who are the only user of the computer. If you have other people (teens) using your computer go ahead and purchase your antivirus.
The biggest disadvantage of free antivirus is technical support. Most of them don’t have good technical support.
With paid antivirus, you get all of the “bells and whistles” including technical support.
Where you find antivirus in windows 10?
Click Control Panel>
Under System and Security
Click Review your System Status>
Click the Arrow Button next to Security>
Type Security and Maintenance in the search box on the windows taskbar
Where you find antivirus in windows 7?
Click Control Panel>
Click System and Security>
Check to see if there are any alerts tagged with red. Correct these problems
Click Security and your antivirus will be listed under Virus Protection.
The best antivirus
The best antivirus, I believe is AVG. There is a free version and paid. I have found it protects very well and it doesn’t take up a lot of space. And the price is right!
This is a full list of other antiviruses you can take a look at before deciding.
What is your favorite antivirus? Leave your answers in the comments below.
Oh Yeah! Tip: Make sure your computer’s date ( bottom right-hand side of your screen) is correct. Because your antivirus will not work properly and you will get viruses if it is wrong.