Antivirus, Why is important to have one!

How does antivirus software work?

Different types of antivirus software programs will vary in their methods, however they all have the same aim: to protect your devices.

Once installed, antivirus software runs in the background. You set up a scan schedule and from then on, your antivirus software performs regular scans and checks on your devices to monitor your files, computer programs and web pages for any potential threats. Antivirus software detects any malicious or threatening behaviour that could be a form of malware and removes it from your device as quickly as possible, while working to prevent any future attacks.

Antivirus works in a completely fluid way. While it checks against existing databases of known viruses and threats, our software also uses machine learning techniques to detect, isolate and terminate new viruses, malware and attacks on your device.

Antivirus software is designed to protect users from threats such as:

 

Malware

Short for ‘malicious software’, malware encompasses a range of different viruses. It can steal, encrypt or delete data from your computer’s hard drive, amongst a number of other worrying things. malware protection can detect and remove malware by running regular scans of your computer’s software.

Ransomware

A prevalent form of malware which blocks access to either your entire machine, your browser or critical files until a payment is received. Ransomware often does other insidious things to your files too. Antivirus software protects against ransomware through regular backups and checks, while performing scans on all software to check for suspicious code. Antiviirus has also developed a specific anti-ransomware solution.

 

Spam & Phishing

Spam is the digital version of junk mail, attempting to obtain your data, while phishing is a similar threat but uses the guise of a trusted source. Both are aiming to either install malware on your device or manipulate you into entering personal information. Antivirus has a number of anti-spam solutions which automatically scan and block potential spam or phishing emails.

Trojan Horses

A trojan horse is another form of computer virus. It often makes its way onto your device through spam and hides itself as legitimate software. An antivirus software, like Antivirus, regularly scans your files for malicious code to ensure your existing software is up to date and you’re free of trojan horses.

Adware

Adware has the potential to inundate your system with pop-ups. While this feels like it could simply be an annoyance, it can slow down your computer and also install spyware or another form of virus without you being aware. Antivirus programs are designed to identify, block, detect and remove these types of files.

Spyware

Spyware is a whole suite of macOS malware threats. Typically, they’re designed to steal your personal information, whether it’s through logging keystrokes from your keyboard, stealing passwords or important financial information.