Nowadays, with so many viruses and threats making their way into computers, it’s often difficult trying to work out what antivirus will give you the best protection.
There are many antivirus scanners on the market from the reputable ones offered for free online, to the programs you pay for.
So, where do you start with antivirus?
First of all, it’s better to have an antivirus software installed on your computer, than none at all. Along the lines of reputable free antivirus programs, you have quite a few to choose from. Some of the most popular programs that offer a free form of antivirus include: Avast, AVG and Bitdefender.
In mentioning the free antivirus programs, there are some downfalls to running these. Some of the free programs won’t pick up viruses as fast as the paid programs or could miss viruses, they don’t offer phone or email support, they often change browser settings by installing search bars and they can interfere with other programs and settings on your computer or network setup.
There are many benefits to paying for antivirus!
A paid antivirus will give you added security when you are online and will provide a more up to date protection against viruses. When you are paying for an antivirus product, there is always research going into the product to enhance its database of viruses. If you weigh up the advantages of paying for a decent antivirus, it is definitely not something you will regret.
Over the years, as you could imagine, we have done a lot of research into antivirus programs and have unfortunately seen a lot of computers infected with viruses. When it comes to antivirus, we recommend and install Trend Micro for our clients.
Since we have been installing Trend Micro on computers for clients, we have noticed less issues occurring, compared to other antivirus programs. Unlike some of the other programs out there, Trend Micro is simple to install and also doesn’t use significant amounts of memory, meaning your computer is not slowed down.
A couple of benefits of Trend Micro in particular are:
- Ransomware Protection: Safeguarding documents against unauthorised encryption.
- Dangerous Website Suspicion/ Blocking: Suspicion of website links across social media and emails.
- Guarding Against Identity Theft: Spam email and phishing detection.
- Verification of SSL for Online Banking/ Shopping: Verifies SSL authenticity and protection.
- Parental Control: Ability to control desktop and application access.
- Mobile Security for Android & iOS: Use this on your mobile to enhance security.
- Support: Phone and email support.
Some people also claim that you can’t get viruses on macOS, however, this is a myth. While it is less likely for a Mac to get infected with viruses, especially on the newer operating systems as they have built-in malware recognition and quarantine abilities, due to popularity rising when it comes to Macs, they are receiving more exposure on the market, making them more vulnerable to viruses now.
Rest assured, Trend Micro also supports macOS as well!
If you are after an antivirus and want a stress free, easy install, contact us today for Trend Micro. We will be able to assist you with the install and guide you through using the software.