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Why You Need Antivirus Protection

If you’re serious about your computer and don’t want to be harmed by malware, then antivirus protection is essential. Antivirus software scans your files, programs and incoming emails for viruses, and deletes or blocks anything it finds. The best antivirus software is compatible with every operating system and uses the smallest amount of resources to not slow down your system or cause it to crash. The majority of antivirus software needs to be regularly updated to deal with the most recent ‘bugs’.

There are a variety of types of malware that antivirus software guards against. There are trojans, viruses and malware (which appear to be secure programs, but steal data or damage another device), and spyware that monitors the words you type, which can reveal your password and account details or bombard you with annoying advertisements and notifications. Many antivirus programs include rootkit detection technologies that detect malicious code that is hidden in your system. Heuristic detection also searches for patterns and tendencies in the way programs and files behave in order to catch the signature-based scanners that might miss.

A good antivirus program will protect your PCs and Laptops from a variety of threats and should work on tablets, desktops, and mobile phones. It should also be light and easy to set up and use, and not depend on a “real time” scan that can slow your system. The most reliable antivirus software continuously evolves to stay ahead of trends. You should test it by checking how often the virus definitions are updated. Try to get at least weekly or daily updates.