Nowadays, we visit at least 50 or more websites every day including social networking portals, e-commerce portals, gaming and entertainment websites. Apart from these popular websites, we also access mailing sites such as Gmail, Yahoo, Hotmail and others for receiving and sending emails. While browsing these websites we probably forget or ignore the online threats caused by viruses and malware. Virus and malware authors use these websites as means of injecting malicious programs, files, and coding into your computer.
Those users who are not secured by an effective antivirus program or antimalware program run a huge risk of malware invasion that can delete and run the programs, data and important information stored on their computer. But don’t worry, you can avert such attacks on your computer by following certain tips or with the help of anti-malware programs. Continue reading and you will get guidelines and information regarding preventing malware on your computer
Malware is a broader category of unwanted programs which include programs such as adware, spyware and viruses and others that get into your computer or laptop. Pop-ups and other unwanted advertisements are caused on the computer because of adware. Spyware is another dreadful malware that can track the user’s online activities such the websites you visit, documents you upload and download, and the accounts that you log on and then sends the reports to the author. Another form of malware are viruses that can corrupt the files and documents stored on your computer, slow down your computer and damage the computer to such an extent that makes it difficult to repair the components.
At most of the occasions, your computer gets infected with viruses or malware because of Internet browsing, downloading of files, opening of e-mail attachments or use of infected USB drives. The best way of preventing such types of virus attacks is to install an effective antivirus program on your computer. By installing an antivirus on your computer, you get protected against viruses and malware and thus foil the evil attempts of virus authors.
Those users who purchase a new desktop or laptop computer get a trial version of antivirus programs for a duration of 30-90 days. Many of the users avoid purchasing a paid version of the program once the trial version expires to unknowingly provide an opportunity to exploit the security vulnerability caused by the absence of security program. Ideally, every user should install and protect their computer with high ranking antivirus programs such as Kaspersky Antivirus, Bit Defender Antivirus Plus, AVG Antivirus Professional and Norton Antivirus. The annual subscription of these antivirus programs is available from $30 to $60 a year.
If you are not willing to pay for the antivirus program, then you can go for a free version of antivirus programs including Avast Free Antivirus, Avira Free Antivirus, AVG Anti-Virus Free and Bit Defender Antivirus Free Edition.
Today antivirus programs are offered by so many companies that sometimes it becomes difficult for the user to get the right product that ensures optimum security of the computer. So while you are looking for an antivirus program, you should go through the features and benefits of the program and ensure that it is appropriate to secure your computer. You should prefer to download such programs from the website of the antivirus providing company such as Kaspersky, Norton, AVG, etc. It ensures that you get the authentic product with all the promised features. These companies provide the activation code of the product via e-mail to provide any ambiguity.
If your computer has started running slow or behaving in an unusual manner then probably it would be happening because of the outdated antivirus program installed on it. So first of all manually update the antivirus that will fix the issue and ensure its security.