How to Choose the Best Antivirus Program PDF Print E-mail

You are looking for the best antivirus software on the net, but the fact that you're having a hard time doesn't get any software you want. There are so many brands of antivirus available in the market. No antivirus software can protect your computer 100 percent of the time since there are new viruses occurring every day. But each of them has their own specialties in different protection.

In order to help you making your own best decision, here are some ways to help you figure out which software to choose.

Real-time protection

Real-time protection means that the software protects you from viruses automatically, while the data is being accessed. I have used AVG AntiVirus, McAfee, Kaspersky, Trend Micro, Norton. Most antivirus programs will recognize infected files as soon as they infect your PC. But Trend Micro's real-time Protection not very impressive. For example, if you go to the website probably contains malicious software program or download malicious programs, Trend Micro allow them run with no immediate alerts. Some of the virus and spyware even didn't trigger an immediate alert when they were downloaded or installed, it's so horrible. Kaspersky, Norton, McAfee give me deep good impression. They works fast and responsive when it came to real-time antivirus and malware protection.

System Resource Usage

System resources include aspects of CPU usage, memory usage, swap usage, and disk and network throughput. If system resource is at high usage, the computer will be choppy, slow, and frustrating. All versions of Norton were much slower, sluggish and more memory. It is still too heavy during a manual scanning and real-time scanning. McAfee and Trend Micro performed slightly better than Norton, but is still too heavy during a manual scan. Kaspersky's resource usage is fair. During real-time protection, Kaspersky used less memory and CPU usage.

Spyware/Adware Protection

You already have some sort of protection against common viruses that affect our computers on a day to day basis, but protection against Spyware and Adware is prove to be vital. Kaspersky did a fantastic job at removing adware and spyware. Even spyware that was recognized as spyware or adware, but not deemed dangerous, was removed anyway just to be safe. Norton's or McAfee's antispyware and adware protection was not as good as it could be. It should be noted that the more dangerous spyware programs were all successfully deleted, but 100 percent of the spyware it found cannot complete removed.

Email Protection

Email Protection means that it will protect your inbox from viruses, spyware, adware, and malware by scanning all incoming and outgoing emails and scans email text for dangerous web-links and malware. Check Norton's email protection, it has the same antivirus scanning engine as the rest of software, so it will add resource usage and tends to slow down your PC. Trend Micro's and McAfee's email antivirus protection get the job done with average results like Norton. Kaspersky's email protection is thorough, but can be a bit sluggish at times. It will be effective at scanning and blocking incoming virus attacks via email. Both Norton and Kaspersky offer adequate email antivirus protection. If you're running either one, you're well-served to have their email protection enabled.

According the above assessment, I think Kaspersky is the finest product in its class, but it is still a bit more expensive than most antivirus software applications, but in most areas of Internet security protection, it's still worth every penny.

Anti virus soft wares are used to identify, eliminate and avert computer viruses, worms, Trojan horses, malware etc that are found to be detrimental to the computer. Viruses pose a threat to the computer it is being loaded onto and can create havoc in your system. Anti viruses identify all soft wares that may contain any bugs and either remove these bugs before installation of the software or prevent you from downloading the software.

Anti viruses employ various detection and prevention methods. These methods are:-

Signature based detection- every virus acts in a typical manner and thus developing a pattern. These patterns are studied and stored by the anti virus programmes and when a new programme behaving in a similar pattern is up for download the anti virus scanner detects the threat and stalls its process.

Heuristic method of detection- a virus generally begins as a single strain and then reproduces and mutates subsequently to form different strains with some related features to the alpha strain. The heuristic method identifies all the variants and features linked to the alpha strain and thus remove the virus.

Rootkit detection: - a rootkit is a malware designed to take control over the computer without being detected. The rootkit allows for the virus to make administrative decisions. These are extremely difficult to remove and may require formatting and re installing of the system. Anti virus soft wares have been employed to inspect the system for root kit.

These anti viruses are available freely or at a paid amount. AVG and AVIRA are good virus scanning devices which provide resolution of the problem. They are available in the demo versions for no charge. However the demo lasts only for a limited period and does not provide its best features.

Anti viruses are available at a yearly subscription as well. These are more sophisticated and have better features than the free versions. In addition to AVG and AVIRA there is also the MacAfee and SYMANTEC. Some even offer protection for identity theft.

THE BENEFITS OF USING ANTI VIRUSES

There are plenty of benefits of using anti viruses.

• First and foremost it protects your personal compute from all sorts of viruses, bugs, Trojan horses and the likes.
• It safe guards all valuable information on your personal computer.
• it curbs all expenses that would be incurred had your computer crashed and you required to call in a technician for help
• Had your computer crashed it would take long to fix your computer hence anti viruses' saves unnecessary wastage of time in that manner.
• Some anti viruses use your email account to send emails to your contacts and spread the virus. This could damage your reputation.if you have an anti viruses installed you needn't care about this.

 

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