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Antivirus Software: Why You Need It?

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How many times have you received an email from someone you don’t know asking for your bank details? How often have you logged onto a website and had your computer slow to a crawl or act strangely? In both instances your computer has been subject to an attack. The first attack, while annoying, can be avoided by deleting the email. The second is much more dangerous, you could be already infected and be spreading viruses and malware to your friends and contacts or, have unknowingly given hackers your bank information and contact details.

All to commonplace are stories like these; large companies ruined by botnets made up of compromised home PC’s that have been taken over by hackers. Viruses, trojans, keyloggers–the list of malicious software and the people who have been hurt or affected by it seems to be without an end. Before you end up a statistic, don’t you think it makes good security sense to protect yourself by investing in some good antivirus software?

Choosing The Antivirus Software That Is Right For You

Go online to any antivirus software site or walk into a local computer store and you will see shelves loaded down with a bewildering selection of software. There will be spam filters for email, firewalls, antivirus scanners for the home computer, antivirus software packages for the home office, antivirus software for the Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS, Android and other platforms. Confusing isn’t it?

A Home or Small Office PC running either Windows or Mac OSX needs the following software programs to protect it from viruses or malware. First, is a two-way firewall to watch for and prevent malware from entering your computer or, if already present, reporting home on a successful infiltration. Next, a good scanner to hunt down and kill those viruses and malware that are already on your system. Supporting the scanner, should be an updating service to find and download the latest information on viruses, how to eliminate them and list sites where they are coming from so you can avoid them in the future. And lastly, email, SMS, chat and IM software to scan and filter out spam, suspicious emails, dangerous attachments and malicious code.

By now you’re thinking, “How much is this all going to cost me?” “How will it affect my system?” and “Will everything play nice together?” Ok, this is where looking at an antivirus suite such as those made by McAfee is a good idea.

Why McAfee Is The Best Choice

As a reputable maker of Antivirus Protection Software, McAfee makes a number of good, reasonably priced software packages for Windows and Mac PC’s that are very effective at protecting your computer against viruses and malware. McAfee Antivirus Plus and its more capable upgrade, Internet Security for Windows are designed to provide you with essential protection and keep you worry free and out of trouble while you are surfing the net. Internet Security for Mac, like its Windows counterpart provides similar protection for Mac OSX computers whether they are on or off the net.

Guest post by Anna Dewinter. Anna Dewinter is the writer for PublishersNetwork and helps to promote websites like McAfee. She enjoys learning new things, exploring and reading about latest technologies.