What is Anti-Virus Software?
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Antivirus software is a computer program designed to incessantly monitor computer system and identify and avoid malicious programs that is running the system. Antivirus software can be used to take away, malicious computer programs that are existing on a computer.
Antivirus software is capable to detect common known and unknown threats. Because of the nature of the threats and the producing on a daily basis, the protection is not totally guaranteed.
It is important to keep your antivirus software up-to-date to deal with new threats as they come. Most antivirus vendors release updates on a daily basis and they are designed to update automatically. A failure to update the software lessens the effectiveness it provides.
Types of Antivirus Software
There are different types of software for different operating systems such as Windows and Linux, among others. Some types will detect against a various computer worms and viruses, rootkits, spyware and other attacking software. These programs monitor email attachments or install firewalls that check network traffic based on the set rules. Some provides security data, data encryption, parental control and other security-related tools.
The premium antivirus software displays a system threats as they occur. Cheaper or even free products may need the user to initiate the scans. Sometimes, by the time they are initiated, infections may happen.
Other anti-virus software are installed as a filter on a network. They are maintained by third-parties or service providers. They scan Internet traffic before it reaches your PC, or they block traffic sent from your PC and email service providers, such as Microsoft and Gmail scan all emails in this way.