Overview Most new computers come
with antivirus software pre-installed. But is it the right software for
you? Does it protect against the newest, most destructive viruses? Is it
freely updateable, or is there a fee? Is it easy to use, and do you
understand how to configure it correctly? Answers to these, and other
questions, can be found below.
General Information The Internet
abounds with comprehensive information about viruses and antivirus
software. Many guides are available to help computer users better
understand what a virus is, how it affects a computer, and what can be
done to prevent its spread. The discussion found on the Web page
Overview of Computer Viruses and Antivirus Software” by Bob
Kanish serves as a solid introduction to viruses and antivirus software.
For the most up-to-date news stories about computer viruses and antivirus
software, visit the Yahoo News Directory page located here.
Go to Wikipedia to view the very detailed “Antivirus Software" web page. Also, be sure to read the discussion found at Pcguide.com.
It covers topics ranging from detecting virus infection symptoms to
deciding which antivirus software package to run on your system. Read
reviews of the most popular antivirus software packages at: Consumersearch.com.
Where to Buy Antivirus Software Once
you have read about viruses and antivirus software, and have chosen an
antivirus program, you will need to find a place to either buy it or
download it. One site with links to antivirus software
manufacturers is the Microsoft
Product Support Services page. An additional method for finding
specific antivirus software manufacturers is to search a large shopping
site like www.buy.com or shopping.yahoo.com/.
You can also simply enter the software package name at your favorite
search engine. Two popular antivirus software manufacturers are McAfee
and Symantec. Both of
these companies produce highly rated, easy-to-use, and very effective
antivirus programs for your PC.
Additional Links You do not
necessarily need to spend money on commercial antivirus software when
there is plenty of free and highly effective antivirus software available
on the Internet. Visit Freebyte's Guide
to Free Antivirus Software to download one of the many free
antivirus programs. If you are looking for information about antivirus
software for your Linux system, visit this sourceforge.net search
results page to read their antivirus software FAQs.
Some antivirus software is designed to
specifically combat one computer virus. For example, the “Code Red
Worm” wreaked havoc on the Internet by infecting hundreds of thousands
of servers. A “patch” was quickly developed to close the weakness that
the worm exploited. This patch was widely distributed free of charge in an
effort to protect computers from infection. Read all about the Code Red
Worm by following this www.caida.org
link or reviewing the information at this U.S. Department of Energy CIRC - Cyber Incident Response Capability Home Page.
A worm, dubbed "Mydoom" was
launched in January 2004 and spread more quickly than any other virus or
worm. Antivirus software were quick to deliver anti-Mydoom updates, but
millions of computers were affected before their owners installed the
updates, and the worm slowed Internet traffic for several days. Read
more about the Mydoom worm here
at the Symantec website.