Choosing the best antivirus software for your family PC

Choosing the best antivirus software for your family PC
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In this day and age, it’s fundamental to have some form of antivirus and security software safely installed and enabled on your family PC, to ensure you and your family are not subjected to unwanted pop-ups or, worse, viruses that could steal your personal information and wipe your computer. To prevent these issues from arising, it’s worth having a look around for free antiviruses first before you opt to buy the full version. This way you can check whether you are happy with the way it works and how it helps protect your PC. You could always upgrade to the full version afterwards.

There are a number of great antivirus programs out there that can competently protect your PC. Here are some tips when deciding which antivirus software is better suited for you:

Consider software that can protect against viruses, spyware and malware

Spyware and malware are evolving just as fast as computer viruses and most of the latest generation of antivirus software can run all of these searches to ensure maximum protection. Windows PCs come automatically with Microsoft Security Essentials (or Windows Defender), which are pretty straightforward and simple to use. However, they may not be as tough and thorough with malware as some other third-party alternatives. So, it’s worth installing another antivirus program to ensure maximum protection.

Free vs. Paid Antivirus Products

Google ‘best free antivirus’ or ‘best antivirus software’ and tons of resources will come up with a list of the best free and/or paid programs currently available. Be aware of scam sites, which normally contain the words, ‘best antivirus’, ‘review’ or something similar in the homepage URL, as these are paid for biased reviews and they do not truly reflect the best antivirus software around. Instead focus on popular niche websites, like www.pcpro.co.uk, www.howtogeek.com, or www.techrader.com, as they are quite reputable and they normally do not get paid to display affiliated links to a specific antivirus program. You can receive good solid protection from free antivirus products, but you’ll probably end up being nagged to upgrade to the paid version after a certain period of time. This is because the free software works as advertising for the paid product.

Always be cautious!

Be cautious online as some malware disguise themselves as legitimate antivirus programs and, in fact, they are malicious code that end up infecting your PC. It’s best to stick to well-known reliable and popular antivirus software, preferably recommended by someone you know and trust. It’s also important to exercise some common sense when using your PC. Do not click on unknown links or download files you don’t know. Never open attachments in emails from people you don’t know or from a file you don’t recognise. Nine times out of ten these files contain viruses that could cause some serious disruption to your PC.

If you can think of any other great points to choosing the best antivirus software for you, please leave your tips in the comments below.

Good luck!

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Leyla Preston (595 Posts)

Leyla Preston is the owner and Editor of Motherhood Diaries global magazine for parents. Leyla is a busy mother of two even busier boys; Aron, 8, and Aidan, 7. When Leyla isn’t feeding, managing a gazillion tasks or cleaning the infinite mess at home, she is busy working on this magazine and a new cooking channel coming very soon – no rest for the wicked!You can follow Leyla on Twitter (@M_Diaries) or join the busy Motherhood Diaries Facebook group where all mums get together and share stories and solutions with one another: https://www.facebook.com//groups/motherhooddiaries/