What Is The Best Anti-Virus Software?

This is a common question among anyone who owns a computer. When it comes to computer security software you have to think of multiple questions when trying to choose the right brand. Ultimately it is the user’s choice of how much protection they think that they want on their system.

Right off the bat there is one choice that a user must make: paid or free? There are advantages to both and it is dependent on the user to figure out if they want to spend money to protect their computer… or not. With a paid version of anti-virus you have the security of knowing the company is looking out for your best interests and because you are paying them they have an obligation to send out frequent up-to-date virus signatures to help protect your computer. Also, with paid memberships, some companies have some sort of guarantee that their computer will be covered up to a certain amount of money if a virus does destroy their computer.

Free versions of anti-virus software do not have a protection guarantee and usually are run by someone out of the kindness of their own hearts. That means there might not be as frequent updates as the paid versions and because you are not paying a company there might be some virus signatures that may be missed or incorrectly marked. Now don’t get me wrong, some free anti-virus software is comparable with the paid brands, but might not have as many features as a paid version.

My favorite paid anti-virus is ESET Nod32, I’ve used it for the last three years and have not looked back. Its security center has multiple features to keep a user safe, including a built-in firewall, active file monitoring, and early detection. My personal lifesaver is the active file monitoring — every new file created on my computer is scanned for viruses and will alert me if something is wrong. I also chose ESET Nod32 because of its track record. Its detection record is unmatched; it has never missed an in-the-wild virus for as long as the product has been around. Over all of the other paid brands, I have to give it up for ESET.

For the users who may not want to pay for an anti-virus, I strongly suggest that they use Microsoft Security Essentials. It is the most lightweight and powerful free anti-virus system that I have come across. Microsoft took its amazing product, what used to be called OneCare, and made it free. If you look at the logic behind the system it is made by Microsoft and this massive organization is paying its good people to protect your system. To me you’re almost getting the benefits of a paid system. You can also trust Microsoft to not put any spyware, adware, or any type of ware in your product. Again, for the free route, check out Microsoft Security Essentials.

For all you Mac and Linux users out there, don’t think you’re safe. Every computer is susceptible to a virus attack of any kind, although just not as likely, you can still be attacked. For the Mac users out there, try out ESET’s Mac edition, for the same reasons as before: its track record is unmatched. For you Linux users I do recommend ClamAV — that is the only Linux anti-virus that I’ve played around with and found to be a great protection on my Linux box.

There are all different brands out there from which you can pick, both paid and free. To keep you and your computer safe, keep your anti-virus system up to date and know what Web sites you are surfing. You are the front line of protection.

A Malware Fallacy

There should be an image here!There is a malware fallacy that needs to be corrected immediately. Some students have netbooks for taking notes because the machines are light and easily carried… and some even have terrific battery life. As students, they use their netbooks almost exclusively for taking lecture notes and checking email. There is a belief that, because the little machine is used just to check email online, security software is not needed.

This is incorrect.

It does not matter where you go online. Simply being online is a danger, and the same precautions should be taken, whether on a netbook, a laptop, or a desktop. There are reports that 2009 was a record breaking year for malware. There were millions of these malicious programs circulating online. Millions is not an exaggeration.

Every machine that you use to go online, no matter how briefly, has to be protected. One of the software programs that is recommended is the award winning security offered by Spyware Doctor.

“Spyware Doctor with AntiVirus is a top-rated malware, spyware & virus removal utility that detects, removes and protects your PC from thousands of potential spyware, adware, trojans, viruses, keyloggers, spybots, and tracking threats.” It has won numerous awards and Spyware Doctor is good for “Microsoft Windows 7 (32bit, 64bit), Windows Vista SP1+ (32bit, 64bit), Windows XP SP2+ (32bit).”

This is one of the premier, well-recognized security programs. PC Tools is allowing three computers to be protected under one license. That means that, for under seventeen dollars each, three computers can be protected from viruses, spyware, malware, and other security threats.

This is a bargain to protect every online computer in the house. If you are online, you need to be protected. We recommend Spyware Doctor as one of the programs to use. And when you use Spyware Doctor, update the security definitions regularly. It is doubtful that malware will decrease in the new year. Unfortunately, there will be millions more malware programs identified by the end of this new year.

Hackers Suffer In This Economy?

There should be an image here!One of the absurdities that is circulating is that even hackers are suffering in this economy. With the tough economic situation, supposedly hackers are having more competition. This is just one of the theories to explain why there is a steady increase in malware and criminal activity such as phishing and identity theft.

Whether it is a natural disaster or the death of a celebrity, hackers / criminals are almost always first responders, ready to exploit the situation at hand for personal gain. For example, you may find email that supposedly gives you the latest news about a tragic situation that just occurred. The news story itself may have happened, but that email is dangerous. It could carry malware.

The email is just one venue. Are you on Facebook? Have you joined Twitter? These are just some of the examples of social media where people are sharing and clicking on links. If you are on Twitter and have a good number of followers, there are links posted every minute. It would be so easy for a hacker to play the social network and drop some malicious link there — and it will happen more and more often.

There’s even a spam campaign on YouTube. Reports say that the this spam does not contain malware, however, it may be a matter of time before slick malware infections find their way onto this popular video site.

This should be frightening to you. These hackers / criminals want to exploit you and your computer. You may think you are careful enough, however, no one can be vigilant 100% of the time. There are drive-by downloads that can install things on your machine without your even having to click a link. This is the type of incidence that calls for an excellent security regime on your computer. You should have an anti-virus, a firewall, and at least one anti-spyware program running at all times. It is foolish to be online without security protection. For an anti-spyware program, we are recommending SUPERAntiSpyware. We have an excellent deal for you that offers real time protection:

SUPERAntiSpyware has “Real-Time Blocking of threats! Prevent potentially harmful software from installing or re-installing! First Chance Prevention examines over 50 critical points of your system each time your system starts up and shuts down to eliminate threats before they have a chance to infect and infiltrate your system.”

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This is a program that is highly recommended within the security community. People who work on these pages use it and recommend it, too. We use it. We need it and so do you. SUPERAntiSpyware will detect and remove spyware, adware, malware, Trojans, dialers, worms, keyloggers, hijackers, rootkits, and many other types of threats. This program is easy to use and it is effective. If you have any problems with SUPERAntiSpyware, let us know. We will tell the founder / director of the company and have any problems addressed. Nick Skrepetos is well known in the security community and he stands behind his products. If you need this program in large numbers, let us know. We will see if we can help with pricing for your company.

You may be wondering why we are recommending security programs when there are programs that are available for free. There is an old adage: ‘You get what you pay for.’ SUPERAntiSpyware has been doing Internet security for years. It is excellent. It works. It protects our machines and has for years. That’s why we recommend it.