What anti-virus is right for you?
Need to print a document? Easy! Grab your pen drive, insert it to your computer, save the document you need, take the pen drive to a computer center, insert it into a random computer, print your documents and feel happy.
Your job is done? The next day you insert your pen drive into your computer – and your files are corrupted. No more big smiles now! – just a migraine!
Is it even possible to stop this? Yes – with ANTIVIRUS...
Have pop-ups been disturbing you while you’re enjoying a nice movie on YouTube or while rushing through your assignments? It can be pretty irritating when you’re trying to close them. Basically, their appearance means that your software’s free trial period is over and that you need to install antivirus software. For some people, it means hunting for another trial version on the ’Net.
Whatever it is, antivirus software is of utmost importance to safeguard your computer against viruses that may corrupt your files and your hardware, and whose remedies could cost you much more.
The big question is: How do I choose the best antivirus software for my computer?
The first step is to decide whether you want to pay for your antivirus software or not. There are many free antivirus programs available. They often let you use the free version for a while so to encourage you to buy the software once the trial period ends. Smart marketing tactic, I’d say. But you can survive using free versions only. The only downside is that these free trial versions offer only basic protection.
You can easily rely on these free trial versions if you are a light user. But heavy users who play online games or download large files from the Internet will certainly need a paid version, which will provide more protection. Are you willing to pay, or are you okay with using free trial versions?
The second step is to choose well-known antivirus software. Choose a brand that has been around for a long time and has survived it all. There are many new antivirus applications being introduced, and some of them are actually malware in disguise.
So choose one that regularly shows up in online antivirus reviews and tests.
The third step is to check the tests. This will give you an idea of how well the antivirus software works. One test you can use is the AV-TEST. This test will rank the antivirus software based on several criteria, namely: protection, performance, and usability.
You can now compare and contrast among antivirus software packages and make a well-informed decision.
The final step is to remember that perfection is an illusion. Your antivirus software is not 100% fool proof. It’s up to you to maintain your computer as best as you can, at all times. This includes avoiding pirated and cracked software, using secure passwords and updating your software whenever necessary.
That’s all. Simple... be safe, protect your digital world and your identity!