The Fast and the Furious of Anti-virus Software

Be careful when choosing anit-virus software there are a lot of fakes out there.

In a standard weeks’ time the Help Desk gets asked many questions. One of the most popular is probably questions about anti-virus software; where to get it, how to download it and how to use it effectively. Given that a good anti-virus software is key to protecting your computer, these are really good questions.

In the vast sea of computer Anti-virus software, it can be hard to choose the right one. Like many software’s, they all have pros and cons. UWIT currently recommends using Microsoft Security Essentials for your anti-virus and malware bytes anti-malware software.

Of course you always have the option of using other anti-virus software. The best recommendation we can make is to research for yourself. Every computer serves different needs that are personal to the user, and personalizing anti-virus to suit your needs and your computers depends on its end use. Users beware, there are Ferrari’s and Ford Pinto’s of the anti-virus world.  Verify any software before you download as many websites do offer “anti-virus” software that is actually a virus that can do irreversible damage to your system.

A safe system is a very happy system, and a very happy user. Once downloaded, set your system up to scan, and scan often. The best prevention is protection. Many anti-virus systems are automated and once active, will protect your system against the latest threats trolling the dungeons of the internet. Of course we’re always here if you’ve narrowed it down to two or three options, we’d be more than happy to lend an ear and help you make the decision.

By –

David Little, Senior at UW - Architectural Engineering From Omaha, NE

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