Let’s check out the most common myths and misconceptions about Antivirus software. It’s important to stay educated and safe with digitalized endeavors on one's computer.
IT’S BETTER TO HAVE SEVERAL ANTIVIRUS SOFTWARE AT THE SAME TIME
Running two Antivirus software simultaneously, will not have a positive effect on your computer. It's like several people trying to fit through the same door, at the same time. An Antivirus software can pinpoint another Antivirus software as a threat and try to remove it, which can lead to devastating consequences. Also, the computer will use a lot of system memory to keep both Antivirus software intact, which perform redundant tasks.
IF YOU DON’T DOWNLOAD A FILE, YOU CAN’T GET A VIRUS
Yes, you can, malware can enter your computer without any downloads. Online clickbait ads can deliver pesky malware just by clicking on them. Social Media is one of the biggest sources of malware, due to trusted friends and acquaintances posting blogs from malware infected sites. Also, you could transfer a file from a CD which has been infected. Consider that someone else might’ve planted a keylogger on your computer. Trust us, there are ways of getting malware without downloading anything.
ALL ANTIVIRUS SOFTWARE ARE THE SAME
This couldn’t be further from the truth. Some Antivirus software will protect your computer, while other can cause more damage than a malware itself. When purchasing a good Antivirus software, make sure to research the big players on the market; independent Antivirus testing platforms such as AV-test, are great for checking the best up to date Antivirus software.
ANTIVIRUS SOFTWARE CAN’T DETECT NEW VIRUSES
Ancient Antivirus software functioned by inserting a “malware” into the Antivirus software; each time this malware code would present itself on the computer, the Antivirus would detect and erase it. This functioning is still present in today's Antivirus software and is called “reactive”, although the addition of heuristic or “proactive” functioning changed the game. Now, Antivirus software can detect malware by a set of guidelines which pinpoint the actions that the malware perform. If a file raises several red flags with the Antivirus software, it will be coined as malware.
ANTIVIRUS SOFTWARE IS A SCAM
Legitimate ones, definitely not. Antivirus software are never 100% secure, but having 99% security is better than having none. If you’re purchasing shady and unknown Antivirus software; it might be a complete scam.
EVERYTHING WORKS FINE, SO I’M SAFE
Think about it for a second. You are a hacker, you are creating a virus that gathers someone's password details, personal information etc. Do you want your virus to be easily detected and therefore erased from the victim's computer? Exactly, didn’t think so. In most cases, viruses are coded to be silent and discreet, just because no errors are present, doesn't mean that you're safe.
FREE ANTIVIRUS SOFTWARE WILL DO
If its a free demo version from a legitimate Antivirus software company, it might be better than nothing, although paid Antivirus software are more efficient and provide much more security. Also, it's good to pay for the Antivirus software, because usually, the tech support is included in the price.
MAC COMPUTERS ARE SAFE
No, they are not. Many Mac users feel safe because most malware and viruses are made for Windows computers, which is true, although malware can definitively penetrate the Mac wall. Many malware coders will actually target Mac users because of this fake sense of security. So, if you have a Mac, make sure to stay protected.
TESTING AN ANTIVIRUS SOLUTION SHOULD BE DONE BY THROWING AS MANY VIRUSES AT IT AS POSSIBLE
Just because an Antivirus software can detect a larger quantity of “malware” than other Antivirus software, it doesn’t prove that it's better. Antivirus software detect anything that looks and behaves like malware, but poor Antivirus software can also detect healthy and necessary files for computer functioning, as a malware; if these necessary files are erased, the Antivirus software can do more damage than the malware itself. So, a professional Antivirus software will find pesky malware and know which files are safe and important for the computer.
I CAN JUST REINSTALL THE SYSTEM AND COPY EVERYTHING BACK
If you notice a malware on your computer, doing a complete system reinstall might be completely unnecessary, and you can re-infect your computer if stored files are transferred back to the "fresh" system. Make sure to buy a real-time professional Antivirus Software; scan and erase the malware, before the potential reinstallment of the system.
There you have it folks, 10 busted misconceptions. In today's world of digitalization, internet security is more important than ever. Make sure to keep yourself and the computer healthy, and free of viruses.