If you have a computer that is connected to the internet than an antivirus program is very important. If it is not a matter of IF your computer will come in contact with a virus, but WHEN. Viruses can appear in many forms. They can be an attachment to an email or a “Trojan” that looks like something it’s not. A picture of something as innocent as a dog can be a deadly virus to your computer.
Viruses are of varying degrees. Some viruses may just make the computer slower or more difficult to run. They may just delete random things and you won’t know it until you need it and discover it’s gone. Other viruses may actually destroy the computer’s hard drive rendering it essentially useless. Hackers can enter your computer without your knowledge if you do not have a good Antivirus. Think of the anti virus protection program as the computer’s antibiotic against an infection. It fights the virus and protects your computer.
There are many free antivirus programs out there but the old adage: “You get what you pay for.” is probably true in this case. A virus program you purchase is more than likely going to do a better job of providing protection for your computer.
Once you purchase the anti virus protection program of your choice, it is important to update it. New viruses are created every day and if an anti virus program is not updated on a regular basis it is essentially useless. Most virus programs can be put on a “schedule” so it will scan the computer at a certain time of day. It will usually also let the user know when an update is available and ready to download.
In today’s day and age computers are used for everything. It is very important to protect your computer with anti virus protection. Without antivirus your computer is at risk for running poorly or its hard drive being destroyed.