Malicious content that is harmful for your data security and PC somehow always manages to sneak in our computer regardless of how overprotective we are of our little Mr. Computer, and corrupt our data. Viruses are located everywhere from downloads to cracked software or games. Evidently, there is no way you can escape even the little minions of viruses. Apparently, there is a solution to your virus problems and there’s a savior with the name of Anti-Virus software. Anti Virus software is a computer software used to prevent, detect and remove malicious computer viruses. Most software described as antivirus also works against other types of malware, such as malicious Browser Helper Objects (BHOs), browser hijackers, ransomware, keyloggers, backdoors, rootkits, trojan horses, worms, malicious LSPs, dialers, fraudtools, adware and spyware. However, AntiVirus have some drawbacks and that is sometimes their complexity. Inexperienced users often take decisions to open or deploy certain items by turning off certain options, such as Sandbox and etc. An incorrect decision may lead to a security breach. Here are some famous and versatile Anti Viruses:
Symantec Norton Anti Virus
Norton Anti Virus, developed and distributed by Symantec Corporation, provides malware prevention and removal during a subscription period. It uses signatures and heuristics to identify viruses. Other features include e-mail spam filtering and phishing protection. Norton Anti Virus is distributed by Symantec as a download, box copy and as a OEM Software. Norton Anti Virus runs on Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X. Norton 360 is the standard which allows you to protect 3 PC’s with a single user license and supports all Windows versions from XP to Windows 8.1.
Antivirus Avast! is an antivirus computer program available to Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, Android and Linux users, with a user interface available in 41 languages. Avast is available on a number of platforms which include, Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7/Windows 8 (32/64-bit), Linux, Macintosh, Palm OS, Windows Server Edition, Android. Avast! is more popularly known for its upper hand on quick scans compared to its competitors. Every version of Avast has a different set of options and tools at its disposal, among which the ‘Premier’ version tops the chart. The free version of Avast! is available, but has the lowest amount of options and tools that come with it.
Microsoft Security Essentials
Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE) is an antivirus software product that provides protection against different types of malware such as computer viruses, spyware, rootkits and Trojan horses. It runs on Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7, but not on Windows 8, which has a built-in Anti Virus component. The license agreement allows home users and small businesses to install and use the product free of charge. It replaces Windows Live OneCare, a discontinued commercial subscription-based AV service, and the free Windows Defender, which until Windows 8 only protected users from adware and spyware. It automatically checks for and downloads the virus definitions it relies on from Microsoft Update. Its available on a wide range of Microsoft OSs including, Windows XP, Windows Vista with Service Pack 1 or Service Pack 2, Windows 7 on 32 and 64-bit versions. It also comes with the flexibility of converting between 33-languages. It considered one of the best (and official) pairing with Windows 7.