When you first buy a computer, it comes bundled with trial anti-virus software. It is always recommended that you buy anti-virus software, or unlock your trial version before going online. McAfee and Norton are the most common pre-installed anti-virus software that comes bundled up with your new computer.
It is essential that you protect your computer with some freeware anti-virus software which, in my opinion, are just as good as the paid ones. In my experience, the freeware today are at par with the standard of protection given by paid anti-virus software. As the internet grows older, the number of threats to your computer keeps increasing. As an internet user, you should become familiar with common threats and virus strike-patterns. The number of security threats posed to your computer is potentially huge. They keep evolving and what the future holds nobody knows. Tomorrow might bring a new threat which might potentially be much more deadly than any threats we know of today. Not to worry, help is at hand; you don’t need to be a security expert to deal with your security issues.
There are some common categories most of your threats can be grouped under. This is helpful so we can better protect ourselves from a gamut of security issues and not have to deal with each of them individually. These are common most vulnerabilities that you need to protect your system from.
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Let’s admit it, your windows isn’t exactly safe. Codes in your IE explorer, windows, and even the media players are vulnerable to attack from malicious viruses. To minimize risk you need to constantly update your windows files. You can keep the settings at automatic; this will prevent you from doing it manually every time a new update is released. This is a free feature for a windows user, and can be located on the right hand side of the lower toolbar. Beware though: if you are using a counterfeit version of windows, your security update will be denied and you will be left exposed to attacks.
They have many faces and many names, from worms to Trojans they are a bane to the internet user. A number of free anti-virus software can help you better protect your system from attacks of viruses. AVG, AVIRA and AVAST are the top three choices that I can vouch for. I have personally used all three but have selected AVAST over the rest. I even put it on computers I assemble for my clients. It is a tough-nut to get past.
Malware and Spyware
Software ranging from deadly viruses to simple tracking cookies can be found under this category. They latch on from web advertisements and from seemingly harmless online graphics. Though you can use AVAST against spyware, it might let slip a few of them.
Not to lose heart, there is a lot of freeware anti-spyware in the market which are as good as paid software.
One feature which might be difficult to find is “Real Time Protection”. I use Spyware Terminator; this software comes with a Real Time Protection suite, and it’s working like a charm on my Vista system. You can go to review sites and check out what they have to say about different freeware. This will help you narrow down your search.
Some Malware force opens a pop up on your screen which looks like a system message. It tells you that your system is infected by a virus, the pop up has only one link on it, which is the clean up button. This takes you to a clicker website which mooches you of your money or worse, steals your credit card details. Most of the times, they don’t even have to infect your system with a virus in order to hold you ransom.
With so many free options available to you, you don’t have to spend a buck on your computer protection. I wonder why when so many freeware is floating in cyber space, people still go for the paid options. We cannot mop up all the viruses and malicious software on the net, what we can do is at least protect your system from attack. We should thank the companies which make free software for our convenience.