Watch Out – Do not buy or download any antivirus
software without checking this list first:
The 69 Worst Antivirus Scanners, Mary Landesman,
antivirus.about.com, September 15, 2008; and
How to Tell If That Pop-up Window Is Offering You a Rogue
Anti-Malware Product, Tom Kelchner, Sunbelt Software, June 2009.
Just One, Not Two – Never use two
anti-virus products at the same time. Completely uninstall one before
installing another. Use the vendor’s uninstall utility or if not
available, use the Windows XP add/remove software tool in the
- Patches & Updates – Anti-virus software is only as effective as its most recent
update because it is inherently reactive treating "known" threats. So
when you install anti-virus software, go to the
vendor’s web site and update the program and virus definitions immediately
and then turn on the auto update feature (if it has one). If you want to be
ready for the next big bad thing before your anti-virus signatures
can be updated, consider
- Get Online Protection Too – Consider using an Internet service provider or
service that includes server side anti-virus and spam email filtering as a
second layer of defense. If possible, use different anti-virus software
on your home computer than your ISP or service uses on their servers.
- Consider a Gateway
– A Broadband Gateway product between
your modem and network can screen out viruses before they hit your
- Spyware & Trojan Horses –
Some anti-virus software products now include
anti-spyware and some anti-spyware products have added anti-virus.
In addition, some of these products include anti-trojan, anti-worm
and other anti-malware features. Before relying on a single security
product, carefully review the vendor’s list of features and study
comparative test results if available. See
Editorial – Do you really need a spyware scanner? Gizmo
Richards’ Support Alert Newsletter, April 17, 2008.
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Important Facts About Virus Protection
There are two vital parts to
effective virus protection, both the software application and the definition
files must be kept current.
You must maintain current copies of
both the application software and the virus definitions in order to be properly
There is no guarantee that any
virus protection will keep your computer safe all the time.
Because virus fixes take time to
create, there is always the potential for infection between new definition
releases, or undiscovered viruses.
Even if there is a virus definition
fix for a virus infected machine, there is no guarantee that the infected data
can be retrieved or cleaned of the infection. There are occasions when the only
appropriate action is to delete the infected file or files, in order to restore
If you don’t have virus protection on your computer, you are almost guaranteeing the computer will get a virus. There are people constantly working on attacking any computer that is unprotected. Computer viruses lurk on websites and in email and can seem like legitimate things you would feel safe opening.
If you get a virus, you can lose some or all of your important data on your computer without warning.
Viruses can open the door for spyware. Spyware can do anything from cause pop ups to steal your personal information.
Having a virus on your computer can turn your computer into what is called a zombie that will attack other computers.
Viruses can attack your computer without you knowing it and can just constantly slow down your computer operating speed to a crawl.
Getting a virus can severely waste your time. Besides the hours it may take to remove a virus and recreate lost files, viruses often hang around unseen and continue to cause problems requiring the ultimate task of formatting hard drives or purchasing a new one.