Antivirus software is sometimes also called AV or antimalware.
It is a computer software (something you upload and put on your computer) that is made to make your computer safe.
In order to monitor and keep tabs on malicious malware or software on your computer, you need this type of program to keep you safe.
The only reason you should not have this software would be if you never ever EVER access the internet or any emails with your computer (very highly unlikely in these days and times.
Antivirus software is like a security system for your home but it’s for your computer instead.
The more costly a program does, does not mean it will protect you more either!
The antivirus software was first made to fix and remove computer viruses and that’s why it is called antivirus. However, new viruses and malware has made this type of software even more important.
Good antivirus software can detect new malware and viruses almost as soon as they hit your computer and sometimes even before they have a chance to download.
You need to protect your computer from malicious threats and this is the software that can do it.
Here are some things that antivirus software can help protect you from:
- Browser Help Objects that you don’t want
- Trojan Horses (yikes!)
- infected urls
- infected spam
- scams and phishing attacks
- spyware (people can see what you do on your computer and use it to sell to you)
- privacy and identity attacks
- banking attacks
- botnets DDos Attacks
- A whole lot more!!