Antivirus programs are designed to protect computer systems from malware, keyloggers, data stealing Trojans and malicious programs that corrupt the operating system and documents in it. Although unknown to many, antivirus programs do more than just protect your computer against viruses. They block adware, rootkits, and spyware, with some of them having a built-in firewall system to help keep hackers out.
With many antivirus programs on the market today, finding the best one to buy/use can be intimidating. It takes some but of research and knowledge on antivirus programs to identify the best one to use for your computer system. Certain factors have to be considered when looking for the best antivirus program to use. Some of these factors are discussed below.
1. Ability to self-defend its installation files: Some virus and spyware programs are strong enough to infect an antivirus’ root installation folders and files in a computer. Once these files have been infected, it then becomes almost impossible for the antivirus program to detect or even disinfect the machine. It would therefore be advisable to look for an antivirus program that has a self-defense mechanism as it is better suited to protect your computer.
2. Ability to scan the web toolkit: Most computer infections come from accessing already infected websites. An unprotected computer automatically gets infected from just following the link to these sites. Having an antivirus program capable of scanning web links even before you can access them. Most antivirus programs will block access to the link to protect your computer. It is therefore mandatory to ensure this feature is enabled in the antivirus program you choose to buy.
3. Secure box: Most antivirus programs call this the ‘sandbox’, a feature or platform that enables users to scan installation files before running the program on their machines. This is especially important for users who download programs from the internet and aren’t sure of its origin or code. The secure scanning box helps you run the program without risking the computer being infected.
4. Built-in firewall: A firewall adds an extra layer of protection on your computer. Firewalls are especially important for they keep hackers and other people out by making it impossible for them to access sensitive information and files. Although most operating systems, Linux, Windows, and Mackintosh, do have a built-in firewall, installing an antivirus with a firewall adds an extra layer of protection from external intrusions, thus safeguarding your files and info.
5. Ability to scan emails, chat messages and links: User targeted virus and spyware programs are commonly sent in the form of chat messages with embedded links. Hackers also embed rootkits on PDF files and documents with the primary aim of gaining access into your company systems or personal computer. Some antivirus programs have however been able to identify this threat and included a feature that scans all downloaded files, especially PDF files for Trojans and rootkits. The antivirus program automatically notifies you in case of an infected file, then blocks its access. This ensures optimal protection on your computer and other systems within the network.
Although government systems may not be able to protect your personal information and data, you shouldn’t gamble with your computers and handheld devices. The best way to protect your computers and phones from viruses is by installing an active antivirus program.