The AVG software covers a range of products that help with Internet security, anti-virus protection and offers identity protection that helps protect your device from identity theft and unknown malware threats. AVG gives you a strong Firewall that equips your computer with Anti-Virus, Anti-Spyware, a LinkScanner, an Anti-Rootkit, a web shield, and a security tool bar. These will work together to identify threats on your computer to make sure to eliminate them and allow you control over the management of them. The Free Edition of this comes with a few downsides. Though it allows you to perform full scans and it reveals all the threats and spy ware on your computer, it doesn’t have the root kit that will take them off your computer. Also, it doesn’t offer any outside support that you can contact if you need help, nor does it offer any server support and cannot scan network drives.
Another one is McAfee VirusScan. This antivirus program is perfect for home or office use and merges the services of the antivirus, firewall, and anti-spy ware capabilities. This includes on-access file scanning, inbound and outbound firewall protection, spy ware protection, daily updates, a rootkit detection, a website advisor that performs tests on each site you visit for evidence of spam, malware, an phishing. Also, it monitors your computer for any suspicious activities that may be performed by a hacker or the invasion of a virus. Finally, this device is compatible with only Windows from Windows 2000 all the way to Windows 7.
Another helpful anti-virus program is PC Tools’ Spyware Doctor, which scans your personal computer for any spy ware by examining all files on the hard drive, in your computer’s memory, and the registry and cookies. Then it quarantines all unrecognized and potentially harmful threats and prevents these threats from being saved to the disk. You can manage all the threats and choose the ones you want to remove, as well. It has real-time protection and eliminates most all threats that appear on the computer, but it has also faced some criticism about its ability to remove all threats.
Another top spy ware protection is Norton AntiVirus. This provides malware prevention and removal of threats and spy ware. It also uses signatures to identify viruses and even can filter spam from your email and further protect you from hackers and threats. Undergoing many variations, it is compatible with Windows and the Mac.
Finally, Avast is another anti virus software that includes a file system shield that shields your computer from viruses and threats, as well as a mail shield that blocks all hackers and spam emails. A web shield keeps your browser safe from accessing dangerous and potentially viral sites and it also protects you during instant messaging. Including an anti-rootkit and anti-spy ware capabilities, this will scan your computer and quarantine all threats in a Virus Chest where you can then manage them and decide which ones are actual threats and which ones are false reports. You can even report your own threats and throw them into the chest.
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Roberto Sedycias works as IT consultant for Polomercantil