The Best Anti-Virus Software??
Hi.. Today I’m going to tackle a common question amongst our clients: What is the best virus protection program?
There are quite a few “big name” virus protection programs. I’m sure you’ve heard of most of them: Norton, McAffe, Trend Micro, AVG, Avira, Symantec, Avast and the list goes on and on.
I’m going to make a somewhat easy call on this topic: the best virus protection program is NONE of them.
That’s right. In my experience virus protection programs cause more problems than they fix! Here’s why:
– Virus creators always have the edge. They are smart and innovative. There is never a way that a virus protection program is going to protect you against the newest threats.
– Anti Virus software is always running, eating up resources and slowing down your computer.
– AV false positives (where the AV software thinks a safe file is a virus and removes it) can cause very serious damage to your applications and operating system. This often results in main applications crashing and sometimes the OS crashing and needing to be reinstalled.
– You shouldn’t have a virus! You’re a smart web-surfer and you don’t open .exe files from strangers, right? Oh and also you don’t pirate movies or music!!
Okay, what this really comes down to is the 2nd bullet and the last bullet. The false positive warning is no joke. Over the course of the last 2 years I’ve had two computers blue screen (bad!) on me, and both were caused by AV programs. The best defense is simply to be smart, and remain vigilant when browsing and receiving emails.
That being said, at some point in our lives we will most likely all slip up and click on the wrong email from someone and open up a virus on our computers. It’s even happened to me. Once.
When it does, don’t fear. There are two programs we use to clean viruses of our client’s computers and our own. Both are small, quick downloads and non-invasive files that only run when you click on them.
The first is called Stinger.exe. Shockingly it is created by McAffe, but we don’t hold that against it. It works quickly and effectively and it’s updated daily or every other day. It’s my first go to when I suspect a virus.
Another tech in our office, Steuart, who I’ll talk about (AKA make fun of) in depth in a later post, recommends Malwarebytes. It’s a very similar set up to Stinger. Small, quick and easy. It gets the job done and then you delete it.
If you think you might have a virus these two programs are a great place to start. If they do not do the trick, please do not take matters further into your own hands: call us right away!