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What is the best antivirus?

Do I need to buy an antivirus or is a free alternative better? This is the question people should ask themselves before choosing an antivirus. Unfortunately, due to advertising and antivirus programs preinstalled on operating systems, this is not always the way. Resulting with most people using a substandard antivirus.

I repair and sale PCs and laptops for an occupation. Malware and viruses are one of the main problems to come into the shop. A high percentage of the time these computers have active antivirus software installed but still manage to develop these problems just showing you that antivirus programs are not foolproof.

Do you need to pay for antivirus software?

If you search for results to this question most websites will be recommending paid antivirus programs. Some of these sites may be making these suggestions purely for financial reasons as they may be affiliates to the antivirus companies and being paid for each customer they send their way. It is also a bit suspicious that most of the top ten recommended antivirus programs on these sites vary tremendously to other sites.

The reputable sites will more than likely also recommend paid antivirus programs such as Bitdefender, Kaspersky, McAfee, and more of the numerous antivirus software products out there. In many ways these paid antivirus software programs will be vastly superior to their free version or other free antivirus software. But most of these benefits will be unnecessary and cumbersome.
Many programs such as AVG and Norton will include monitoring software that monitors areas like processor usage and search engine results safety. All of this is not necessary as your computer will monitor your processor and your web browser will make sure that websites are safe. Nearly all of the paid antivirus programs and their free counterparts will contain unnecessary software that only hinders your computers speed and functionality.

If you are a business and security is of the utmost importance then I would suggest purchasing a paid version of an antivirus for the added protection. If you are just looking to protect your personal computer then you don't need to buy an antivirus. You probably don't need to download a free version either. If you have windows 8 or later then you will have Windows Defender preinstalled and either already running or waiting to be activated which will require all other antivirus software to be removed. Most sites will advise against using Windows Defender, or Microsoft Security Essentials for Windows 7 and Vista, due to it being basic and not including the extra features. As stated before these extra features are not entirely necessary and Windows Defender works perfectly well defending your computer.

Do I need antivirus software for my Apple Mac?

This question has been around a long time now. The current and previous answer to this question is that they don't need antivirus installed. The reason I say current is that theoretically the main reason that Apple don't need antivirus is due to the market. Apple have less than 8% of the global computer sales. With such a low percentage using the OS X operating system and with nearly all the global sales using Windows it is obvious which operating system the criminal gangs will focus on when developing malware and viruses. Mac are not invulnerable but they are more complicated to hack than Windows leading to even a larger incentive for the criminal gangs to focus on Windows. Mac OS X makes it very difficult to install non Apple approved software and has now removed java and flash plug-ins increasing its security. For these reasons it would just not be cost effective for criminals to develop viruses and malware for devices in the single market percentage figures when there is more vulnerable targets. With Apples popularity slowly increasing things may change in the future. With that said, if you are using Apple for your business and safety is important then it would be advisable to purchase an antivirus product just to be safe.
Do I need antivirus software for my mobile device?

Apple claim that their iOS software is secure and except for a few breaches they seem to be right. The problem is that these breaches were quite extreme. One of the more famous breaches was iCloud getting hacked in 2014 and some compromising photographs of celebrities being released. Antivirus software would probably have not have made any difference in stopping these attacks. There is antivirus software available in the Apple store but is generally not needed.

Android devices are known not to be as secure as iOS and malware infections are not that uncommon. In saying that it is of the opinion that you do not need an antivirus for an Android device. Instead it is recommended to install an all round security app. These apps can usually scan for viruses or malware if you feel your device is infected. Some of their other features usually include increasing battery life by closing background apps or freeing up storage space. Most of the popular security apps are developed by antivirus software companies such as Avast, Eset, Avira, and more.

What is the best setup for antivirus?

Many of articles online say to use one of the main antivirus contenders such as McAfee, Norton, Bitdefender, and so on. From my experience most of these programs will do more harm than good. Most of them contain many features that will slow your computer down and are unnecessary. I have personally repaired many computers that were acting strangely and after some investigation found that the cause was an antivirus feature. Usually the firewall is to blame but can also be other components. Most of the popular antivirus software are also very difficult to remove. In many cases you need special software hidden in their site to remove them but even then there are still remnants left. This can be very problematic as laptop manufactures are selling their laptops with antivirus software preinstalled, usually McAfee or Norton, that only come with one to three months subscription. The problem with this is that Windows has the built in Windows Defender that cannot activate until the other antivirus has been fully removed leaving people defenceless.

In my opinion the only time you will need antivirus software for personal use is on a Windows computer. Since you are using Windows why not stick with Microsoft's security. If your computer is Windows 8 or later then the best option is to use Windows Defender for your antivirus and Windows Firewall for your firewall. If you are using Windows 7 or Vista then download Microsoft Security Essentials. If you get malware then delete it manually from Programs and Features in the Control Panel. I have seen malware removal software create more problems by only partially removing malware and making it extremely difficult to remove the remnants manually. To keep your computer fast use a registry cleaner such as Piriform CCleaner. Be careful though, most of these registry cleaners are actually malware. Even Google are using a cleanup tool to remove annoying adware from your browser. There is really no need to pay for antivirus software.

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