Computer Anti-Virus Software.
So whats the best anti virus software ? Well theres quite a few out there to choose from, and there are a few things you need to take into account when deciding which one.
- Is it free or paid for ?
- Is it a time limited trial ?
- Is it feature limited ?
- What system resources does it require ?
- If its time / feature limited, what is the price to upgrade to the full version ?
- What other pieces of software will be installed, that are not related to the actual program ?
- Is your system too old to run the latest software, or do you need an outdated / unsupported package ?
Now lets go through those :
- You can get free anti-virus software that works just as good as paid for. Free doesnt mean it cant do the job.
- Time limited is basically 30 days ish and after that you need to pay some stupid amount of money.
- Some freeware will only give you half the functions, so only do half the job, and the features you need to finish the job, are the ones which dont work unless you pay up.
- Is your computer spec up to the job ? Or will installing that fancy software slooooooooowww you right down.
- Price. This is a big deciding factor in any purchase.
- I use Comodo, which is free and unrestricted. The only problem is it will install its own web browser and geekbuddy by default. These check boxes can be unticked, so these two packages dont get installed.
- Its getting to the point now where, for example, if you are running Win XP you will find that as software is getting updated it can no longer run on XP. Another problem is the way in which Windows 10 has been written compared to Win XP, Vista and Win 7 software is different.
- An example is that Firefox (a web browser) is currently at version 55, you cant install that version on Win XP as this OS is no longer supported by MS. So software companies drop the support for XP, and then continue to write the software for newer hardware. Besides new machines are quad core, large memory, terrabyte drives and fast broadband. So as the resources increase, the functionality and size of the software increases.
Now. Let me ask you this one question. Whats the biggest security risk / threat you will ever see or experience ?
The sad but true answer to this is quite simple. The biggest security threat, in my experience, is the end user.
Lets put it this way. To drive a car in the UK you need to first learn how to drive, take a theory test, take a driving test. You then pass this and go get your first car. You then cant take the car on the road until its insured, MOT'ed and taxed. And hopefully you have checked the oil and tyre pressures.
But then you have an obligation to take care when driving, not drinking and driving, and a whole heap of other stuff, because there are serious repercussions if you dont obey the rules. People are aware of these, some take it on board, some decide they can get drunk and drive home safetly.
Now you're probably wondering why I wasted time writing about driving a car. Well, when you purchased that nice fancy quad core laptop, did you actually know about your safety when surfing or joining all the social media sites ? No you didnt. People arnt made aware of the scams, spam crap, fraudsters, dodgey sites and software, and basically all the scum bags out there that wanna rip you off.
Do you trust your friends ? You do ? Shame !!! I dont. I have friends who used to send big video files to their friends, untill I politely said that it was more polite to send a weblink NOT the file, and let the user decide if they wanna watch the video.
What if your friend doesnt know squat about what sites they go to, what they sign up for etc ? They could have been hacked or infected, and then they send you infected stuff from their computer. And now the problem is that as you trust them, you automatically open the attachement, and BANG your system is now infected.
And then heres another scenario, The was recently a High Street Bank advert highlighting this. People love going to parties, pubs, coffee shops, theme parks and taking selfies, not realising that important ID stuff is being displayed in the photo. Unscrupulous people will be looking at your facebook page, and all the other social media pages you have, scanning your photos trying to make up a list of your name, address, email, contact details and everything else about you. They then go get bank loans and credit cards in your name.
Also there was a program on TV where some council official went round looking in peoples rubbish bins. The amount of information he obtained from bank statements, shop bills etc meant he could forge your identity.
The morale of the story is that the end user, and their lack of knowledge and common sense, is the single biggest problem. Learning the basics will help keep your system safe. Fine, go take all the selfies you want. But when posting to facebook, just take care to vet the photos, dont give out anything that can compromise you.
So now for the important bit. Which anti-virus packages are out there ? Well Im going to tell you what I use to keep my system safe.
Comodo Firewall Free
CCleaner Feature Limited, But worth it.
Malwarebytes 14 Day Trial
Shields Up Great site to check your firewall is working
Other Security / Anti-Virus Software.