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How do you choose the best antivirus?

There are so many antivirus options on the market that you could spend a year looking at the options and still not be anywhere near making a decision. All antivirus companies promote their product as being the best, but who can you trust? Here we’re sharing the criteria that you need to use in your search for the best antivirus.

20 years ago, having a good antivirus was enough to keep you safe. These days, it isn’t. You also need protection against cybercrime when browsing the internet, protection against ransomware, firewall protection and we could go on.

Antivirus threats

A good security system must have several layers. A good antivirus is effective against traditional malware, but it could be infected by ransomware which can be even more damaging. That’s why you need all-inclusive protection against the following types of threats: Viruses, Trojans, Worms, Spyware, Rootkits, Ransomware, Adware, Network attacks and Web threats.

We don’t expect you to know what all the above threats are, but each one is a risk that could harm and negatively effect your computer or steal your information – ultimately costing you money. We’ll give you a quick guide to viruses at the end.

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Choose protection you can rely on

Threats are always evolving, so the antivirus you use must provide up to date protection. A good antivirus will check to see if you already have any other similar security programs on your system. It will always ask you to remove any conflicting software before installing itself. It must also be able to operate without affecting the programs already installed on your computer.

Effect on performance should be minimal

Security products use computer resources to operate, but a good antivirus product should only have a small impact on your computer speed. An effective security system shouldn’t make your computer experience worse. Good antiviruses should also be quite fast when scanning for threats.

Easy to use antivirus

Whether you’re a computer expert or a complete novice, a good security product should be simple to use. It should provide:

• Easy navigation through its windows, tabs and navigation
• Easy to find help. Any documentation should be right there. If you can’t find it easily, then it’s pointless
• Touchscreen-friendly controls – good anti-virus should have large buttons, switches and everything else to make it easy to control with your fingers, not just with your mouse.

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‘Install & forget’

If you are a ‘beginner’ when it comes to computing, maybe you should opt for what is called an ‘install & forget’ security product, which basically does the work for you.

Contact:

Sometimes it’s easier to contact the dead than it is to contact a helpline. You should be able to contact your anti-virus people easily, either via phone, email or through live chat.

Is VPN offered?

VPN (Virtual Private Network) is the system that keeps you safe when you use a public-wireless-network, like those found in airports, cafes and conference centres. And if you’re a parent, it would be wise to use a security service which offers parental controls.

Reputation matters

We’re not trying to steer you towards one of the big companies, we’re just saying that if a company is well-established and well-known, then it’s a slightly safer bet than one you’ve never heard of. These days, you can read customer reviews before making your decision.

No-one’s perfect

This applies to all antivirus providers too. One may be great for the advanced user, another may be the best for ease of use. Decide what you need personally, check the reviews, and proceed safely and securely to the checkout.

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A quick guide to the things which mean you harm!

Viruses: Programs that can multiple and infect computers and devices. Usually they are connected to a file which you innocently run, which acts a trigger for the virus.
Spyware: Programs designed to spy on you and gather intelligence. Once they have your info, they try and send it to hacker-controlled servers.
Trojans: These are a malicious type of software pretending to be a common type of software. It tries to trick you into downloading it on to your system and then once you do, it opens the way for viruses to infect your computer.
Network attacks: This is when Hackers try to take control of your devices remotely. This is when you need a firewall to stop network attacks. A good ‘firewall’ deflects attacks and also identifies anything suspicious.
Adware: These are software programs that display advertisements on your screen and in your web browsers. Adware hurts your computer’s performance. It can also help infect your computer with malware.
Web threats: A good security program can help stop you from visiting websites with malicious content, and your web browser should be the first line of defence. It’s much better to deal with malware in your browser than when it reaches your actual computer.
Worms: These are malicious programs that take advantage of the security holes in your operating system and use them to infect your computer. Unlike standard viruses can multiple without you having to run an infected file.
Ransomware: These are malicious programs and can take control of your files – such as pictures, documents and videos and they encrypt your files, so you can access them. Ransomware programs try to get you to pay more to their creators so that you can get your files back.
Rootkits: These are designed to give hackers remote access and control of your device without being detected. Once a hacker gains access to a rootkit infected device, he can do all sorts of harm, such as access it remotely and copy, delete or alter files, install other viruses and generally make your life hell.

Trying to find the right antivirus package can be a difficult, but with a little bit of thought and research, you should be able to find the right security option for you.
Here at Ebuyer we have a wide range of antivirus packages at great prices, including; Kaspersky, Norton, McAfee, ESET, F-Secure and more. Check them out now.

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