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Antivirus Software
I heard someone recently say that software companies only make software so they can sell you more software later.  That may have some truth in it, but I don’t work for software manufacturers so I don’t know for sure.  What I do know for sure is that anti-virus software can save your computer from a devastating virus and add years of life to the machine.

Let’s delve into what anti-virus software is, how it works and what you should look for when purchasing.

What is Antivirus Software?
Exactly what the name indicates, software designed to keep harmful viruses from entering your computer and inflicting their damage to your files, software or hardware.  As viruses are the unfortunate part of the Internet, we must implement some protection for our data and machines.  That is what anti-virus software does, keeps your PC safe.

How does Antivirus Software work?
The software blocks viruses, contains them and/or destroys them before they do any damage.  Viruses change often, the virus that corrupted your files last year has long since been eradicated and replaced with other more harmful and corrupt ones.  How do you fight back to keep the onslaught of viruses at bay?  Antivirus Software!

What should I look for when purchasing Antivirus Software?
The most important aspect of Antivirus Software is that it easily updates for new viruses.  As new viruses are developed, new techniques are also designed to prevent them from entering your computer; you must be able to update the software on a regular basis.  Know your computer before installing any software, knowing what resources are available and what resources are needed to run the anti-virus software is the key.  Many people complain about some of the brand names software’s slowing down their computer.  This is true, especially if your machine’s resources are consumed by the program.

Bottom Line:  Antivirus Software protects your computer, without it you are risking loosing all your data and possibly the computer as well.

John McCann
John McCann & Associates, Inc.
IT Management for Small Business
Computer Services, Solutions & Support