Understanding Viruses and Antivirus

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Many people feel apprehensive when discussing Anti-Virus software because of their limited knowledge of the different kinds of threats which their computer can face, or the astronomical prices tags which accompany some of the software. YOURLifeChoices is here to help. We have tracked down some of the best free Anti-Virus software, and Adware which will help keep your computer bug-free.

The first thing that a technician will do when selling you a computer is recommend that you buy the top of the line anti-virus software, saying ‘it will save you more in the long run’. However, in all likelihood, if you are vigilant and follow strict processes, as well as employ the help of a free virus scanner, or two, the likelihood of getting a virus which obliterates your computers hard drive is minuscule. All of the following programs are free. To ensure the best performance from your computer, it is recommend you only ever have one Anti-Virus program installed and active at a time, backed up with an Adware removal program which is “passive”.

Anti-Virus

AVG Anti-Virus – Free
AVG Anti-Virus is a trusted free anti virus scanner. It offers all the bare-necessities when it comes to computer security, and should be enough protection for people who know enough about basic computer safety (i.e. staying away from .biz sites, not opening emails which are suspect or simple titles such as “hello” from people you do not recognise as a contact, ect).
This virus scanner is only available for Windows users.

Avast Anti-Virus – Free
Avast Anti-Virus is a trusted anti-virus client, with proven results. Avat offers fantastic Spyware and virus protection for a free program. If you are after better protection however, and are a fan of the Avast program, they offer a free one-year trial of both Avast Pro and Avast internet security. After trying all three, choose the security you feel suits your needs best.

Avira Anti-Virus – Free
Avira Anti-Virus is a solid program which comes highly recommended from trusted computer reviewers, Avira protects well against dangerous viruses, worms and Trojan horses. Also available in nine languages.

Adware removal

Ad-Aware – Free
Ad-Aware Free Internet Security features real-time protection, rootkit protection, automatic updates, and much more — to ensure that you have the power to protect yourself online.

Malwarebytes – Free
Malwarebytes has developed a variety of tools which can identify and remove malicious software from your computer. When your computer becomes infected, Malwarebytes can provide the needed assistance to remove the infection and restore the machine back to optimum performance.

Spybot – Search & Destroy – Free
Spybot – Search & Destroy can detect and remove a multitude of adware files and modules from your computer. Spybot also can clean program and Web-usage tracks from your system, which is especially useful if you share your computer.

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