How to Choose the Best Antivirus Software

How to Choose the Best Antivirus Software

If you've ever made an impulsive purchase, you know that many times such products don't end up being as fantastic as you originally planned.  Fortunately, if you spontaneously purchase a sweater and end up hating it, you can hide it in the back of your closet and wear other clothing.  Unfortunately, if you choose your antivirus software impetuously, the result may be a bit more difficult to cover up.  Choosing the wrong antivirus service can result in infected or corrupted files, a drain on the computer's memory or a host of other problems.  Consequently, it is important to research your options thoroughly before purchasing your antivirus solution. 

One of the most important things to consider when choosing antivirus software is the features that it has.  Many computer users tend to underestimate their needs which results in faulty computer security.  Others are attracted by the extra features included in many premium versions without considering how these heavy programs may slow down the computer.  Taking an honest look at your needs and regular computer usage is the first step necessary to help narrow down your options.  If you are looking to protect several computers on one network, for example, you may want to start by considering packages that can be installed on multiple PCs.  Alternatively, if you never use a wireless internet connect, you can exclude packages that offer wireless protection.

Once you've narrowed down your options you can begin to examine each package in depth.  It goes without saying that the best computer security software is one which is offered by a well-known, reputable company.  While a boutique antivirus or anti-spyware package may have a charming appeal, there is no guarantee that it will successfully protect your computer.  Don't be afraid to ask friends which security software they use or to read online reviews to determine which companies offer vigilant protection and dependable customer service.  Ask your computer technician which security software he uses, and consider purchasing a package from the same company.

Finally, don't be swayed by free antivirus programs- these offers often provide limited security and insufficient protection against today's most aggressive viruses, worms and hackers.  Although free programs claim to be diligent, many exclude critical programs such as email scanning, spam protection and anti-phishing software.  While you may not need a premium security software package, choosing the proper paid service that will meet your specific needs will ensure that your computer is properly protected against all types of threats.

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