Did you know that 100 to 500 new types of Malware are added to the internet on a daily basis? That’s right; hackers are busy little beavers, aren’t they? Computer viruses are rampant on the internet. If you access the Internet without virus protection, your computer is bound to download a virus. Viruses are a type of Malware that can cause your computer to have various problems. It is the single most important program you should have installed on your computer. Without it, you leave your computer susceptible to a malicious attack.
What Is Malware
The term Malware is the short term for Malicious Software. There are several types of Malware. They include Adware, Computer Viruses, Spyware, Trojan Horses, Rootkits and Worms. Malware is a way for a hacker to gain access to your computer. They can gain access to your personal files, programs, and even take over the operation of your computer.
What is Virus Protection
Virus protection is a form of software that you install on your computer. It then runs in the background of your computer system. There are two basic types of virus protection. There is real-time and on-demand. Of these two types, I highly recommend that if you purchase anti virus/virus protection software, that you purchase a real-time version. I’ll explain the difference between the two for you.
Virus Protection that is considered real-time will constantly scan your computer. This software runs in the background of your system and checks every move you make. It constantly scans and looks for Malware that is trying to load itself onto your system. For example, you open a word or excel file. The virus protection will scan the document before it is opened to make certain that the file has not been infected. This goes for anything you download, click on, open, and send via email and so on. Every thing you do is checked for a possible infection. It also does a full scan upon starting up your computer.
This type of virus protection only works when you want it to work, hence the title “on-demand.” You tell your virus protection when to scan a file, when to update the virus database files, whether or not to scan a download from the internet, and so on. An on-demand virus protection leaves your computer open and susceptible to a malicious attack.
How Does Virus Protection Work
Everyday, your virus protection database updates itself – if you are running a real-time version. When the update is complete, your computer will be protected against the newest Malware releases. As I said earlier, there can be between 100 to 500 new types of Malware released to the internet on a daily basis. If these databases are not updated daily, your computer is at risk of becoming infected. If your computer becomes infected several things can happen.
- Your computer can slow down and act sluggish.
- Your documents, pictures and files can become completely corrupt.
- Your registry can go wonky causing hardware, software and start up issues.
- If you use email, you could email the virus to someone.
- Your email can become compromised and the attacker can access your account to send multiple spam emails from your account, without you even knowing it.
- Your personal information can be revealed e.g.: passwords to bank accounts, email accounts, social networking sites and more.
- Your files can become infected, and when shared with someone, the virus can infect their computer if their virus protection is not up to date.
As you can see, there are many reasons why you should protect your computer with some sort of virus protection.
Where Can I Get Virus Protection Software
There are a number of places you can acquire anti virus protection software. You can download free trials from the Internet. Below are quite a few places that offer a free trial.
- Comodo Firewall
- Panda Cloud
After your free trial is up, you will be required to pay either monthly or yearly. This is normally offered in the form of a subscription, which will automatically renew. I recommend that you do set your account to auto renew. The reason for this is that should your subscription expire, you won’t be left with a gap in coverage. One day without virus protection can be devastating, as mentioned earlier. These subscription prices can range in price, and will often offered a discount if you need coverage for more than one computer.
Personally, I am an avid of user Kapersky. My subscription rate is $65.00 for three PCs, for a one-year subscription. I like it because my database auto updates every day, automatically. I am warned when I visit a website that has an unauthorized or expired certificate of authenticity. I can choose to block the site or continue at my own risk. It comes with a built in firewall, it trains itself on spam mail, and allows you to backup your files. It does have many perks that I find other virus protection software does not have.
Your computer is a valuable piece of equipment. Just like you would protect your home with a security system, your computer should at all time be protected. There are people out there that want to cause harm to your computer. Whether it’s for fun, or they want to steal your personal information.
Remember, over 100 to 500 new types of malicious software is released “into the wild” of the Internet on a daily basis. Without virus protection, you leave your computer open to accept several types of this malicious software.
Take advantage of the additional perks that your virus protection software comes with. If it has a firewall, use it – in addition to your windows network firewall. If it comes with a backup program, use it. Even though you can backup your system using windows backup, create an additional backup with your anti virus software. In addition to virus protection, it is highly recommended that you add Anti Spyware to your computer.
My take on backing up your files is, it’s best to be safe than sorry. You don’t want to kick yourself (you know where) for not backing up your system. Don’t be the fool that says, “I should have had virus protection,” while you desperately try to recover what you can from a malicious attack.
You can find more information about how to protect your computer online in my article about Internet Security.