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Delving into anti-viruses in tech-speak

Jame Trusler
Tuesday, June 14, 2011

PROTECT your computer with a free antivirus program

This week we discuss antivirus programs. An antivirus program is an application that once installed on your computer will help protect your computer from unwanted programs and computer viruses. It is essential to have an antivirus program installed on your computer.

There are several options available in terms of an antivirus program including many free ones. I list three popular ones below.

Avira AntiVir Personal Free Antivirus has become very popular and is easy to use and is known to use less computer resources than some others, so it shouldn't affect the speed of your computer to any great extent. Avira is available for free download at www.avira.com

Avast Free Antivirus 6 is another popular antivirus program that has a user-friendly summary screen as well as a statistics screen. The latest free version includes some features that were previously only available with the paid version. Avast is available for free download at www.avast.com

AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition 2011 is another popular antivirus program that is worth taking a look at. The free version offers the core protection and is available for free download at www.free.avg.com

Once you have installed your antivirus program onto your computer you will then need to update it so that it has the latest level of protection. It is very important to keep the protection file up to date by regular updates. If you do not keep your program updated, it will only protect your computer against current known viruses and not new viruses created after your last update.

It is also important to scan your computer hard drive on a regular basis so that the program can detect any known viruses that may have infected your computer. In addition to scanning your computer hard drive you should also scan any USB flash drives or other memory cards that you may use. It should also be remembered that most mobile phones and digital cameras also contain a memory card and can easily transmit viruses to and from your computer, especially if you connect them to other computers, so please do remember to scan your mobile phone and digital camera memory cards.

* Jame Trusler is the director at Foneology.


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