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PC Protection Software – Antivirus Programs

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If you are like me, you regularly update your antivirus program and antispyware software signatures. When running the Windows operating system you should download and install all their security patches on a regular basis. It also helps to log on as a non administrator, that way malicious programs have little chance of installing themselves on your PC. Most important programs cannot get installed without administrative privileges.

A lot of users however are logging on with an an account which has administrative rights. Even if you take the above into account, this still does not mean that you are taking good care of your PC protection. virus scan online - AntiVirus Kaspersky 2012

Consumers should have antimalware and antispyware programs in place which constantly update in real time, without user interaction. If not, they could end up with keyloggers on their systems which record everything the victim types in on their keyboard.

I realize this article is about PC protection software, but just to drive home the point, how much are you willing to invest in your online security knowing that cyber-criminals are even targeting cellphones.

Although the majority of users do not pay attention to this, it is very important to limit administrator rights. It cannot be stressed enough that any software – benign or malicious – will not stand a chance of installing itself without user intervention or approval if the user is not logged on as an administrator.

And here comes not the answer, but my bit of advice. There is no single software such as an antivirus suite which will fully protect you against cyber attacks. What you need is a combination of several programs.

For starters, install an anti-virus program. Secondly, it would not hurt to install an antispyware program. These programs both defend your PC against malware but provide different functions which often overlap . Antivirus software mainly targets viruses while an antispyware program focuses on Trojans and malware.

Trojans and viruses usually announce their presence by deleting some of your files or bombarding you with pop-ups. Annoying as this may be, praise yourself lucky because you can see that your PC is infected.

Keyloggers, on the other hand, tend to sit quietly in the background without giving you a hint that they are present. Their purpose is to record every keystroke you make and some of the advanced ones can even take a screenshot of your desktop.

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