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Importance of Anti-virus

Updated on August 9, 2013

Importance of Antivirus Softwares

What is the importance of antivirus? I just want to share this article because I read in Facebook newsfeed, someone posted on someone's status that you would not actually need an anti-virus to protect your computer from virus if you act with cautiousness at all time. I totally and strongly disagree even if you really know your stuff. He also mentioned, as long as you do not click any malicious links you see in the internet you are safe. Nah! There are many ways how virus gets into our personal computers, laptops or netbooks so we should never presume that we are 100% safe and secured even without an anti-virus installed on our machine. I'm not saying he is wrong (maybe he has reasons for saying those things and still those are his opinions and I really respect that). But I can not leave it that way and I know in myself that I should answer with my own opinions too, not only to him but for others who believe that anti-virus program is an option to utilize.

Still, we must be responsible for what we are doing by needing an ally who will protect us and keep our precious computers free from highly risk viruses like trojan, worms and others because we do not want to regret when things get worse at the end.

How Computer Gets Infected by Virus?

These are the ways:

Personal Computers are prone to virus and we must be responsible to stop the infiltration of these bad guys right into our machine.

I'm sure all of you are eager to know how these viruses get into our computer. Well, here's how:

  1. Plugging flash/usb drives into our computer can be dangerous especially when the flash drive has a virus hidden inside (You would not know if the flash drive you insert has a virus or none because in the first place you do not have an ally who will scan it for you).
  2. Browsing internet even with a maximum care might infect your computer without being noticed.
  3. Cds/Dvds you borrow from your friend might contain a virus. We don't know where in the world those cds/dvds burned (it might be on the infected computer, so beware!).
  4. Downloading email attachments are not 100% sure (though some email services like yahoo and google mail have a virus scanner to do the job). Still, just to be safe, after you got the attachment, don't open it yet until you do scanning with your anti-virus program. This also applies to all files you download.
  5. If your computer has a bluetooth functionality, transferring files between computer and mobile phone or other computers are on the go and may be a vehicle or bridge for viruses.

And next will be coming from you... I'm sure you have other things running on your head right now (that are not listed above) so better share it with us. =)

And I have a last question for you guys, do you think that anti-virus is just an option to use or it is a must have friend that we must trust and depend on? (well not truly to depend on it but better with one than nothing..)

Your Answer to Above Risks

How do you ensure your computer is safe from the above risks?

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Free Edition or Paid Edition

Which of the two edition would you prefer?

Based on my experiences, if you have money, go and buy paid edition (Professional). You'd better buy it than use free edition. Why? Because professional edition supports full features that free/trial edition lacks of. But if you do not have money right now, just stick to the free edition. Better to have that than nothing as one of my friends told me.

Anyway, you should have a good reason why you choose a certain anti-virus program (will not discuss or recommend any anti-virus softwares here because I know others had done it already). It depends on your choice or others' recommendation on what to buy. As long as the anti-virus is famous for removing real viruses and well-known worldwide, I think you can rely on them.

I use AVG Free Edition (wait... did I say lately that I would not discuss any anti-virus softwares here? Well it's just needed to give you an idea of what free anti-virus you can use). It's good to have them (but remember you should only have one anti-virus installed because if you install more than one, unexpected results might occur) especially when you're not the only one who use the computer at home. I also gave a shot for Avast, the free edition, due to at those days I looked for the best one.

I'm not telling you that having anti-virus program on your machine does guarantee you a 100% virus-free environment. These softwares will only lessen the risk of your computer being infected by all forms of viruses. Since free edition costs you nothing and often there's no technical support to assist you, paid edition is a life-saver. You give money and in return expect their good services. I think that's how things work.

Have a happy surfing bind with enough confidence because at some point you know you are safe (well not actually safe but at least you know an ally is watching and guarding you at all time). =)

Protection is the Key

Which do you prefer among these two when it comes to protecting your pc from virus?

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Most Important Thing to Remember

''Prevention is better than cure."

In other words, even if you are confident that your computer is virus free you must have an anti-virus installed on your machine. Do you know why? Read "Why Anti Virus is Needed to Install?".

Anyway, this page is built for you to be aware of the risks that viruses can do to your pc. Besides, I don't want to see you regret if you let them do their evil deeds.

An Anti-Virus Selection Poll

What anti-virus do you recommend us to use?

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Anti-Virus Programs: PRO EDITION - Click on the picture to see more options and to read its reviews.

Each has its own advantages and disadvantages, so have a good pick..

Thanks For The Visit! Please do come back. :-)

I hope I convince you after reading this article. :)

Readers Feedback: Leave Your Comments! - Did you find the real importance of antivirus softwares?

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      Jethro 4 years ago from Philippines

      @NAIZA LM: We should not forget to update the antivirus signature everyday or once a week so it has the latest lookup and scan our PCs completely. :)

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      Jethro 4 years ago from Philippines

      @BrianRS: Thanks for agreeing with me. :)

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      Jethro 4 years ago from Philippines

      @myspace9: You do a great decision! We should have installed an antivirus on our PCs. :)

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      NAIZA LM 4 years ago

      Thanks for reminding me about my Anti Virus software it is close to expiration. I need to get it updated as soon as possible. Great tips and advice. ~Blessed. :)

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      Brian Stephens 4 years ago from France

      I agree with you, even if you are extremely vigilant you could get a virus if you don't install anti-virus software and free is better than none.

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      myspace9 4 years ago

      I do have an Antivirus installed on my pc.

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      Jethro 5 years ago from Philippines

      @anonymous: You got it! :)

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      Jethro 5 years ago from Philippines

      @goo2eyes lm: All installed at the same time? I guess that's not a good practice. You should only install one to avoid complicated results between them.. Anyway, let me know what you've experienced so far. Thanks.

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      Jethro 5 years ago from Philippines

      @WriterJanis2: What are those WriterJanis? I want to know. :)

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      Jethro 5 years ago from Philippines

      @anonymous: You're welcome karmicchristian. I also learned a lot from reading your lenses. Keep it up!

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      Jethro 5 years ago from Philippines

      @pramodbisht: So windows have antivirus, I didn't know that but now I know. Thanks for that info. :)

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      Jethro 5 years ago from Philippines

      @Runnn: That's right!Try to scan it first (whether you think the file is trusted or not) before you open it. Keep that attitude in mind. :)

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      Jethro 5 years ago from Philippines

      @ajgodinho: Norton is the most famous antivirus I think. But hey, what is the difference between anti-virus and internet security software? I guess I should look it up in the internet. :)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      For me Eset Nod32 makes perfect security! Thanks for sharing!

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      Jethro 5 years ago from Philippines

      @anonymous: Everyone has his/her own preference when it comes to choosing things. Thanks for letting us know that nod32 is also a good antivirus to try. :)

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      Jethro 5 years ago from Philippines

      @wilfredpadilla: I agree with him also. :)

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      Jethro 5 years ago from Philippines

      @bram81: Thanks bram81!

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      Jethro 5 years ago from Philippines

      @JennySui: Honestly, I haven't tried Kaspersky but that name is already scattered in the internet. Maybe, I should give it a try one of these days. Thanks! :)

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      Jethro 5 years ago from Philippines

      @poutine: Me too and I think everyone also. Just get an antivirus that will protect you. :)

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      Jethro 5 years ago from Philippines

      @wilfredpadilla: I think you must install one even a free edition. :)

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      wilfredpadilla 5 years ago

      I do not have an antivirus installed on my personal computer!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      With all of the Latest and Greatest Technologies that are imerging, Anti-virus is a Big feature that is Amost Required to have on these New Toys! ;)

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      I learned the hard way about viruses.

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      goo2eyes lm 5 years ago

      i have avast, avira and avg. avg is stronger than avira.

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      wilfredpadilla 5 years ago

      BFuniv is right

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      Allan R. Wallace 5 years ago from Wherever Human Rights Reign

      As you say anti-virus does not guarantee protection, but it does make you a smaller, harder to find target.

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      bram81 5 years ago

      good lens

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      JennySui 6 years ago

      These days i am using AVG antivirus software to protect my laptop but i personally prefer Kaspersky.

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      poutine 6 years ago

      I am always so afraid to get a virus.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Good to have the computer protected against viruses and other malicious threats. Norton works well for me. Thanks for sharing.

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      pramodbisht 6 years ago

      norton is best, but if you have genuine windows, windows essential is also good.

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      Runnn 6 years ago

      I never open any suspected file. Too risky...

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      Anthony Godinho 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I agree it's important to protect one's computer with an anti-virus / internet security software, especially in this day and age of the internet. I've used Norton 360 for several years now with no issues whatsoever.

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      Jethro 6 years ago from Philippines

      @jeremecausing: No it's not you but you are involved on his statement. Anyway, lets respect his decision and don't say name. :)

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      Jereme Causing 6 years ago from Philippines

      Yeah. .better with one than nothing..

      (is that my facebook post?) hahaha