Antivirus Software


Questions to ask the retailer


How long am I licensed for updates, and how much will it cost me to extend?

The real ongoing cost of the product might be the annual fees paid to keep it current. Make sure you know what you are in for before you buy.


How regularly are updates released?

Responsible vendors release updates constantly in order to counter new virus threats, and offer free tools for cleaning PCs infected with viruses that disable their antivirus products. Check out the information on their Web sites to see when their virus definitions are updated, and what selection of viruses are included. This should provide a general idea of who is on the ball when it comes to protecting against new viruses.


Show me how to use the updater program!

If running the updates isn't easy, it'll never get done. Look for a product that either warns you of new updates when you connect to the Internet or has simple one-click update facilities.


Can it integrate closely with my e-mail program?

Without tight integration between your mail program and the antivirus program your PC is an easy mark for all those nasty worms. Just remember to update the antivirus program before downloading your mail or it won't stand a chance of stopping them all.


Does it protect me from all types of malware? What kind of antispyware does it have?

The latest generation of commercial products should include protection from spyware, backdoors and other types of malware either through inbuilt support or bundled products.

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Comments

Anonymous

1

k7 antivirus

i had regular virus problems on my pc like yours. after seeing your comment i purchased this product and used it. I am happy too.

Kevin Linden

2

I stongly recommend not to buy Norton Antivirus2010, I have had two serious viruses in one month. And forget the free 24/7 customer service, infact forget any customer service! You will past onto a Yogi technician in India, usually they cannot speak coherent English!
They will mess around with your computer for a bout three hours and try to charge you$139 to have a microsoft technician fix the problem. My computer was still under guarantee, so thankfully I had the presence of mind to tell them to get lost!
Hewlett Packard Helped but once again there is that fast speaking Indian Accent problem. Why do these corporations pay fortotally substandard help desk personnel in other countries? It is an insult to their customers!

Andrew

3

Often one standalone program is not enough and many experts recommend a teired approach to malware.

I use and recommend Norton Internet Security 2010 and Counterspy. I have never had a problem with malware.
These programs offer top shelf protection. Kaspersky also is good at detecting malware but not my preferred choice.

There were some complaints regarding Norton in the past but the program has matured in recent years and is now one of the best programs available offering solid defence against internet threats. Norton also uses minimal recourses.

I am online almost 24/7 and game, chat, research and shop and never have any issues relating to malware.
I run a second on demand scanner from time to time to check
that my system is clean. And have not found any infections.
Friends that I have recommended Norton to have also been very happy with Norton Internet Security and there systems remain clean and funtioning properly.

Norton is now a great product and highly recommended.

Ahmad

4

Yes.
I like Ur Briefing about Virus.
But I don't know that in which way i clear my PC from Virus.
I installed Antivrus.But no working.

rj

5

id just like to say that working in IT... i think you guys need to understand that a good anti v program will tell you you have viruses. a useless one will say you've got none. 9 times outta 10 theyre lying or don't detect it... if u are regularly being told uv git a virus uv got a good anti virus.... guarenteed plug ur "infection free hdd" upto a norton internet security protected pc... norton will find somethin ur av has missed

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