To immunize your computer from viruses, you must install, update, and use anti-virus software. The major software manufacturers are Symantec, Trend, CA, PC Tools, Kaspersky, and Panda.
However, free software does exist and it’s quite good. AVG makes an excellent, proven solution. Comodo does, too. The protection is on-par with the Big 3, updates are as frequent as multiple times a day, and did we mention free?
Here are some links to the top PAY packages:
Norton Internet Security 2008 (aka Symantec)
Kaspersky Internet Security 7.0
Here are the best FREE solutions:
AVG Free Edition
You really cannot go wrong by choosing any of the above software. The important thing is that you USE one of them. Don’t keep yourself exposed to viruses and other malware when there is excellent FREE software available.
ONE CAVEAT: Never use more than one of these applications at once. Doing so confuses the software (one thinks the other is a virus), and you get incorrect, misleading outcomes.
So, pick one of them and set your mind at ease.
- Set the updates to occur at least once per day, if possible.
- Set the auto-protection to ON. Let the software do its job.
- Let the software automatically fix issues it finds and if it cannot fix the issue, quarantine the file automatically.
- Schedule a full-system scan to run one day per week.
As you can see, it’s really easy to choose an application and then “set it and forget it.”
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