Anti-virus and Anti-malware

Now that your PC has a firewall you can access the internet with a little more confidence. The next step is to get some protection against viruses and malware.

Originally software that detected and prevented computer virus infection was known as anti-virus and software that detected malicious software not categorised as a virus was named anti-spyware or anti-malware. These days the lines are blurred and most anti-virus products today also detect malicious software and the term antivirus or anti-virus is used to imply both a virus and malicious software detection and removal tool.

Windows has a basic antivirus application named Windows Defender. If you do not have an antivirus program ready to install I recommend making sure that Windows Defender is running on your PC before you go browsing on the internet for a suitable product.

On your PC search for "Windows Defender" and start the application. Allow it to check for and install updates. It may wish to run a full scan. Allow it to complete the scan before you open your web browser.

Windows Defender is a basic antivirus tool so upgrading to something better is a good idea. There are many to choose from. You can opt for a paid-subscription tool or one that is free. In order to help you choose there is an organisation known as The Independent IT-Security Institute that regularly tests all the leading antivirus tools and posts the results on their web site here I recommend selecting a product from the top of the leader-board.

Once you have acquired and downloaded your chosen antivirus tool, install it and check for updates then run a full system scan. Congratulations, you have now greatly improved your PC's security protection.

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Last updated: 9th May 2016

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