What Type of Antivirus Software Do I Need?

What Type of Antivirus Software Do I Need?

October 25, 2018

The answer to this of course is that it depends on the scale and the critical nature of the data you want to protect.

Malware attacks are happening every single day, so it's important to protect your PC and servers from them.  Antivirus programs keep your system clean and secure from a harmful viruses, worms, and other malware. They detect suspicious websites and files that contain malicious programs before they enter the computer. They also block malicious tracking software from being downloaded to your system.

A PC without antivirus software will likely be infected within minutes of connecting to the internet.  Once your computer is infected, there is a high probability you will suffer some vital data loss or damage before the malware is completely removed.

Protection for Personal PC’s
For the personal PC there are several well-established simple-to-install antivirus programs available, many of which are free.  While free antivirus software doesn't offer extra features such as spam filtering, improved firewalls, parental controls, password managers and support for mobile devices, it does protect against most threats.

The free offerings from Avast, AVG, Avira, Bitdefender and Kaspersky all provide basic antivirus and malware protection which will keep your PC free of most malicious attacks. If you think a more robust antivirus product better addresses your concerns, then each of the companies above offer products with more extensive antivirus/malware protection.

More Extensive Protection for Business Systems
Business users typically have more data, more users and more private information to protect.  To stay on top of the pervasive and continual threats, a business must be proactive instead of reactive.  If you wait for something bad to occur it is going to cost you much, much more than if you took the appropriate steps to protect your network.  

For most businesses it is recommended that they use a centralized and managed antivirus/malware protection system that gives real-time alerts that are monitored 24/7 by an IT consulting company.  Antivirus/malware software should be installed on all devices that connect to a company’s network and servers. 

It is also recommended that devices on wireless networks be segregated in a VLAN to prevent anyone using your wireless network from introducing a virus into the network.

Want to Make Sure You Are Protected?
Abstract Technology would be happy to visit your business and do an assessment of your current antivirus/malware protection.  We offer many types of solutions based on the customer's need and we customize it per device.   Just give us a call at 765-420-8324 or send us an email at Contact Us.