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Do I Need Anti-Virus Software On My PC ?

Updated on January 31, 2016

I still see that many people are confused about using anti-virus software on their computers. I have a friend who is a computer repair tech and whenever I have time I’ll stop in to his shop and spend a few hours with him, I see many people who bring in their computers with viruses on them and no anti-virus software installed, than they are wondering why their computer is loaded with viruses .Also what I see to is after my friend has fixed their computers and removed all the viruses he will than installed anti-virus software on their computers, they sometimes come back to his shop or call him and they are mad because they again have a virus on their computer. Because they were thinking that now they have anti-virus software on their computer that they will never get a virus again. If it was only that simple, there is no virus software free or that you buy that will stop you from ever get viruses on your computer, they will warn you when you have a virus or some may even remove the virus from your computer but that it.

I like and have used for years AVG anti-virus software and never had any problem with it. And the new AVG 2011 free edition is awesome, they have redesign it from top to bottom and made it much better. It now is much easier to install and it also scans your computer much faster. It will also scan all your emails, both incoming and outgoing so you won’t get a virus in a email or a virus can not send all your friends a virus. It will also give you some protection on the internet by using AVG LinkScanner. and scanning each page of a web site before you open it, it will also scan links sent in a email from Facebook and MySpace. Facebook and myspace not set by default. Also AVG now will do a separate anti-rootkit scan on your computer has well.

Whatever anti-virus software you use is up to you, what you feel will protect your computer the best, has long has you are not surfing the internet with no anti-virus protection on your computer. Because that is like putting out a welcome mat for virus writers to test their virus on you computer. And without any anti-virus software on your computer you will not know you have a virus on your computer till it is too late and then your computer will no longer boot up. Then you’ll have to spend a lot of money to get your computer up and running and remove all the viruses. Install some anti-virus software on your computer today, it’s the best thing you can do for your computer.

There is only one sure way to guarantee 100% you will never get a virus or spyware on your computer ever again, and the only way to do that is to unplug your internet connection and not go on the internet any more. And for most of us that is not a option.

Which Anti-Virus Software Do You Use ?

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      Thomas Silvia 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Diabian nice to see you, the best free anti-virus software is AVG free. I never had a problem using it . Thanks so much for stopping by and to for your nice comments !

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      Diabian 4 years ago

      Can you tell me what is best anti-virus software for my pc?

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      Thomas Silvia 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi moonlake my friend, today on the internet you need the best protection you can get just so your computer won't be knocked down by viruses . Thanks so much for your vote up ! Also thanks for stopping by and to for your nice comments !

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      You right your going to get viruses no matter what but if you have a good antivirus software you won't get as many. My friend called and said her computer was almost at a stand still. I said you must have a virus of course she said she can't have she has virus protection. Voted up on your. Thanks for sharing all the infomation.

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      Thomas Silvia 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Brett nice to see you, Yes so many are still not protecting their computers with antivirus software. It is nice to see it is being offered in the new operating systems . Thanks so much for your shared, pinned, tweeted, up and useful ! Also thanks for stopping by and to for your nice comments !

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      Brett Caulton 4 years ago from Thailand

      It amazes me that people don't have antivirus software. Thankfully it is starting to become a part of basic operating systems, such as the new Windows 8 having built in firewall, authorization and virus protection. Personally the best I have found is Comodo Internet security, as it covers almost all angles!

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      Thomas Silvia 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Peggy nice to see you, Avast is another great anti-virus program that will protect your computer for free and also does a great job has well. Today on the internet you need this kind of protection to keep your computer safe . Thanks so much for the vote up and useful ! Also thanks for stopping by and to for your nice comments !

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      We used to pay for virus protection and have used McAfee and also Norton but still had occasional problems. Now we use Avast with great results...and like yours...it is free! Our computer guy decided to try it and disable our last paid for program...and so far it is working like a charm! Anti virus programs are necessary and those that run their computers without one are just asking for trouble. Good hub! Up and useful votes.

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      Thomas Silvia 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi ignugent17 nice to see you, yes it's true though if you never want to get viruses don't connect to the internet, but if you do use good virus protection . Thanks so much for stopping by and to for your nice comments !

      Thanks, and you to have a great day !

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      ignugent17 4 years ago

      My husband is incharge of these things. Thanks for the information. I enjoyed reading the last paragraph and it is really true if you don't want virus don't connect to the internet.

      Have a great day! :-)

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      Thomas Silvia 5 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi landi nice to see you, sorry to hear about your computer but this is not tech support . Without being able to look at your computer i am unable to tell you what is wrong with it. Good luck hope you get it fix soon. Thanks so much for stopping by and to for your comment !

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      Thomas Silvia 5 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi DaKingsKid nice to see you, yes has i said in this hub that AVG is the best free virus protection you can get. Thanks so much for stopping by and to for your nice comment !

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      landi 5 years ago

      i have e problem my pc turn off when i play with e game what can i do i have virus or the problems it is pc? who can help mi plz?

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      DaKingsKid 5 years ago

      free.avg.com

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      Thomas Silvia 5 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi M. nice to see you, yes i to use AVG 2012 free edition as well and find it works better than some programs you pay for . Glad you found this information useful . Thanks so much for stopping by and to for your nice comments !

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      IAmForbidden 5 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Thank you for the info Kashmir! I used AVG 2012 free edtion.. Well, i think its effective since it blocks threats when i browse the web :)

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      Thomas Silvia 5 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Jackie nice to see you, It is good that you son is taking care of your computer, and also cleaning it up. So maybe your computer has virus protection already . Thanks so much for stopping by and to for your nice comments ! Also thanks for pushing all the buttons !

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      Jackie Lynnley 5 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Never heard of AVG, will have to look into that. My son cleans my computer up when it needs it and that is pretty often! Thank you!

      Pushing all the buttons.

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      Thomas Silvia 5 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi stars my friend nice to see you, so glad to hear you found this information interesting. Thanks so much for stopping by and to for your nice comments !

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      stars439 5 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

      Excellent hub, and interesting. GBY.

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      Thomas Silvia 5 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi wwolfs nice to see you,So glad to hear you were able to get the virus off your computer and now your computer is back to working well again .It is so important to have anti-virus program on your computer but still there are many that still don't. glad you found this information useful and thanks for your vote up ! Thanks so much for your nice comments and to for stopping by !

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      wwolfs 5 years ago

      Great tips. I just had a problem with a virus not too long ago and installed an anti-virus software and was able to remove the infected files. My computer seems to be working good again. I am never sure what causes that to happen, but I do now run the anti-virus program more often. Thanks for the information.

      Voted up and useful!

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      Thomas Silvia 5 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi acaetnna nice to see you, glad you found these hub's information great, hope you to found it useful.Thanks so much for stopping by and to for your nice comments !

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      acaetnna 5 years ago from Guildford

      Great tips - thanks so much Kashmir.

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      Thomas Silvia 6 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi leyzaa nice to see you, yes you are right every PC should have anti virus software to protect it , Thanks so much for your nice comment and to for stopping by !

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      leyzaa 6 years ago

      of course all the PCs need anti virus to protect against viruses that threaten, nice hub

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      Thomas Silvia 6 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi primpo, virus protection is important,one day your computer will crash and not boot back up . Thanks so much for your comments and to for stopping by !

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      Primpo 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York

      nice, now if I could talk my son into it!!! lol.. we always seem to get some kind of virus but what ever. nice hub..

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      Thomas Silvia 6 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi twentyfive nice to see you, yes i agree AVG is the best free Anti Virus program and very easy to use . Thanks for stopping by and to for your comments !

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      twentyfive 6 years ago

      I'm comfy with AVG too. It let us see the viruses deleted unlike some other software, can't figure out what to do with the virus discovered lol Great hub! :)

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      Thomas Silvia 6 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi AskAshlie nice to see you, AVG free just has to be downloaded and installed you can download it here : http://download.cnet.com/AVG-Anti-Virus-Free-Editi...

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      AskAshlie3433 6 years ago from WEST VIRGINIA

      Hey there Kash! How are ya? This is a very useful hub. Now, I had Norton but the free trial is over. The AVG free, do I just download it? Do I go to the site? I need some protection. I don't have enough money to buy a kit for a year.

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      Thomas Silvia 6 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Becky thanks for stopping by and to for your comments !

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      Becky 6 years ago from Oklahoma

      Thanks for the information. I'll have to check out AVG. Great Hub.

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      Thomas Silvia 6 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi toknowinfo nice to see you! Thanks for stopping by and for your comments. AVG is the best free Anti-Virus Software,I use and love it!

      Wishing you all the best this New Year!!!

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      toknowinfo 6 years ago

      Hi Kashmir56,

      Thanks for the info. I never heard of AVG. I use a different anti virus software, it is good to know about other options, especially free ones that work so well. Happy New Year my friend. Wishing you a wonderful year!

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      Thomas Silvia 6 years ago from Massachusetts

      Thanks DaKingsKid glad to hear you use AVG to. I also use Malwarebytes and found it works well with AVG.

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      DaKingsKid 6 years ago

      Hey thanks for taking the time to look out for those who do not know any better, that is awesome.

      I enjoy Avg as well. I wrote a hub as well. Don't stop there. Check out my Hub in which i also include a tool to assist the fight of viruses. The program Malwarebytes can be installed and has no problem and will not interfere with Avg. Malware can be nasty and fly under the radar of most virus protection. Check out my Hub https://hubpages.com/technology/Internet-virus-pro...

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      Thomas Silvia 6 years ago from Massachusetts

      Thanks thougtforce,sorry to hear about your hard drive. But you now have protection on your computer, that's good.

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      Christina Lornemark 6 years ago from Sweden

      Hi kashmir 56, I now have Norton antivirus and I am very satisfyed with it! The programme does the job (so far)! I bought it after a bad virus attack that ended up with that the hard drive needed to be replaced. Great hub!

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      Thomas Silvia 6 years ago from Massachusetts

      Thank you greenhousewife,I'm sure you will get there soon to. :) Keep on Hubbing!!!

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      Greenhousewife 6 years ago

      Congratulations on your 10th hub! I hope to reach that mark soon too! Keep on hubbing!

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      Thomas Silvia 6 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Carrie450,The new AVG is so awesome,and you can't beat free for the great protection AVG gives you now!

      Thanks for your nice comments!

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      carrie450 6 years ago from Winnipeg, Canada

      Hi kashmir56, nice to see you. I wouldn't have any other anti virus protection other than AVG on my computer. It's awesome and FREE!