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Pc Virus Protection That Everyone Can Afford

May 24, 2008
Today, more and more people have been using their PCs to perform various things, from investing to shopping. Clearly, our lives are already getting influenced by this technology.

Unfortunately, malicious programs erupt daily and they are getting more complex. That is why as a PC user you should stay alert and use some common sense to keep your computer virus-free, especially if your PC is connected to the internet 24 hours a day.

Some reputable security companies such as Symantec provide the latest virus alerts on their websites. Just make sure to keep yourself informed by visiting such sites frequently. This way, you will be more aware about the latest threats and will always be able to know how to avoid them.

Computer viruses can spread fast and they are hard to eradicate. They can be brought from the internet by downloading a file. A free downloadable file may contain an unfavorable program. Keep in mind that although not all viruses inflict damage they can still cause annoying problems so it is highly recommended to exercise caution every time you want to download a file from an unknown source.

Viruses can also be brought from the internet as attachments to emails. As a general rule, do not open an attachment coming from someone you do not know. Even if the attachment is from a reputable source, it is still wise to scan it first before downloading or opening it.

The behaviors of viruses vary. Many which only show messages or pictures do not really harm anything. However, others are extremely dangerous. That is why it is a good idea to install an antivirus program on your PC. Such program can detect the presence of viruses in your computer and then disinfect the infected files or delete the ones that can not be disinfected.

Many antivirus programs can be purchased at a low cost. Some are often prepackaged with an anti-spyware software and a personal firewall. Normally, you are allowed to download the trial version of an antivirus program to test its abilities. Whatever antivirus software that you will choose, just make sure to only use the one created by a reputable company that provides ongoing support and updates.

Some security companies even provide antivirus programs which can be downloaded for free. Free downloadable antivirus programs usually come with some limitations compared with the paid versions. Moreover, the companies which created such programs normally do not provide technical support. However free antivirus software still make a good choice for many home computer users.

After installing an antivirus program on your PC, you should also make sure to configure it properly. For instance, it is a good idea to configure the program to start automatically each time you boot your computer and to perform automatic updates as new viruses erupt daily. Just be familiar with the features offered.

As a computer user you should protect your PC from the threat of a virus. Fortunately good virus protection can be accomplished without having to spend much money. Many security software are very affordable these days. Some can even be downloaded for free, with no further obligation necessary. Just choose the one which fits your needs.
About the Author
Reynaldi Baki is the owner of Approgsys.com , a website that provides a list of free antivirus programs created by reputable security companies.
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