So why bother with getting antivirus at all? If I'm going to get infected why spend the money? While anyone can get infected with a virus - in the computer world if you don't have an anti-virus you will.
So what kind of protection should you get?
First of all let me say that if you have a preference in an anti-virus program - go for it! I have my preferences, and the next technician will have theirs. The biggest thing is that you have something. What I don't want you to do is to spend a lot of money and still not be fully protected. Below I outline 3 basic steps that you can take to increase your security and decrease what it costs you. (As a side note these are the same steps that I take on my computers at home.)
- Microsoft Security Essentials - Cost: Free - This is the basic protection that you need for your computer. It covers your antivirus. (Windows has a built in firewall that will be sufficient for most people.) It is not the top rated anti-virus, but it does the job without taking much in the way of system resources. And bundled with the solutions below it does very well.
- Open DNS - Cost: Free - This is a web filtering service. It can be used to block just about any website. It is a great way for parents to block their children from accessing sites that are questionable or dangerous. With its combustibility, however, you can block anything from adult sites to phishing sites, to web spam. Many of the categories listed are sites that can frequently contain viruses, adware, or other malicious goodies that criminals just hope you'll put onto your system.
- Malwarebytes - Cost: $25 - This piece of software is one of the single most used tools for technicians to remove viruses. It is not the only one, but as a first line of defense/removal it is a wonderful tool. There is a free version that you can use if you are good at running manual scans on a routine basis. If you are anything like me you'll download it with that intention, but never actually follow through. The beautiful part about this software is that it is a one-time fee. You pay it once per computer and you have life-time updates. Let the big box antivirus companies compete with that!
With these 3 simple and inexpensive tools you can protect your computer. Even with these tools, however, if you aren't careful, and if you don't use some basic common sense you can still get infected.
While the security mentioned above is fairly easy to implement if you need any help with it give me a call and I can set up a time to get you taken care of. If you think you have a virus or adware I can also help you remove that.
Here's to safe surfing!!