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How to choose an antivirus program

Now every computer has internet. It gives any user tremendous opportunities and a ton of information, but it also carries various risks. This primarily refers to viruses that can be prevented with the use of antivirus programs.

What are antiviruses

Antivirus programs can be divided into classic, with proactive virus protection and combined. Classic antivirus products look for viruses that are based on signatures – this is a method for finding known viruses. There are programs with proactive virus protection, the purpose of which is to protect the system from infection. In combined programs, both methods are used – antivirus and searches for viruses, and is “protected”. The vast majority of programs on the market right now are combined.

Antiviruses can also be divided into two conditional groups based on their functions: some programs fight viruses, while others also block spam, control traffic, and encrypt data. When buying, you should pay attention to the necessary functionality: if you have children, you can choose an antivirus with the option of parental control, if you need to store a large number of passwords, you should choose a program that allows you to synchronize and keep them safe.

What to consider when buying

First of all, it is worth considering which computer you need an antivirus on – personal or corporate. Programs for corporate use differ from personal ones in the ability to install updates for a large number of users from an internal server.

If the computer has small RAM, you should not purchase an antivirus that consumes a lot of system resources.

When buying an antivirus, it is worth considering the operating system: Windows, Linux, x-NIX, MacOS, mobile platform systems.

Which company antivirus can I choose

One of the most famous companies involved in computer security is Kaspersky Lab. They have programs for both individual use and corporate. The company claims to protect more than 400 million users and 270 thousand corporate customers.

Another option is Dr.Web, which can also work on personal computers and in companies, on different operating systems.

Avast Anti-Virus is also familiar to many users: it has a popular free version and a paid one with additional protection.

You can also pay attention to antivirus ESET and Panda Security.

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