How to Choose The Right Antivirus Software

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If you have ever spent time researching antivirus software online, then you may have been overwhelmed by the number of options available to you. With so many pros, cons, and testimonials to sort through, it can be difficult to tell which program is actually the best. However, there are certain important things to look for in every antivirus program:

Security: Undoubtedly, the most important part of an antivirus program is its security. Since you may be paying money for the product, you want to get the most cost-effective and reliable solution. Obviously, there is no point in paying for antivirus software that doesn’t detect some of the most dangerous viruses on your PC. Check the reviews to see what other people are saying about the security and reliability of the program before you buy.

System usage: If an antivirus program clogs up your system so much that it starts to run poorly, then you are better off without that antivirus software.  Make sure the program you choose isn’t a system hog. In fact, some antivirus programs out there are so powerful that your computer may be better off being infected with a virus in the first place!

Data recovery: Viruses can wreak havoc on your computer and damage important data. Does your antivirus software protect your data from these threats? If you carry a lot of sensitive information on your computer, then having a good data recovery program is essential. Sometimes, an antivirus software program will have a data recovery tool included, in which case it’s best to seek out these deals in order to save both time and money.

False positives: Unfortunately, not all antivirus programs are made equal. For that reason, you have to be wary of false positives in your scans. Sometimes, an antivirus scan will turn up many malicious objects – none of which can actually harm your computer. In fact, if you delete these files, you may bring more harm to your computer than a virus could have done. Make sure the antivirus software you choose doesn’t consistently turn up false positives.

Rootkit detection: Do you know what a rootkit is? Without going into detail, it’s a type of malware that can seriously harm your computer. If you can find an antivirus program that includes rootkit detection, you decrease the chances of your computer being used for malicious purposes.

Value: Does the antivirus software come with any additional programs? What kind of subscription plan does it have? How long will you have to wait before renewing it again? Price is one of the best indicators of quality, and it generally holds true for antivirus software (although there are some exceptions to this rule). To many computer users, assessing the value of a program may be difficult. If you’re having trouble, see what other people are saying about the program before making your ultimate decision.

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