Antivirus software is designed to stop harmful programs from getting into your system and doing damage to your data. It detects malicious files like trojans, worms, and ransomware before they can poison your PC.
How do you get a computer virus?
The most common way a virus gets on your computer is by downloading an email attachment disguised as an important document from your bank, the government, or even a family member.
We also see attacks from websites that install tracking cookies and infect your files.
Antivirus is always running
Antivirus set is not a “set it and forget it” application. You have to check that it’s active and scanning your files. You may need to run an update, verify your license, accept new terms and conditions, or update your payment information.
Macs don’t need antivirus
Macs have had a storied reputation for being virus-proof. It was only a matter of time before hackers took advantage of this false sense of security. Last year, the number of malware attacks on mac computers per device more than doubled. While viruses seem unlikely on a mac because its programming is “locked down”, you can’t rely on their rigid operating system to protect you anymore.
In the Windows 10 era, Windows Defender has become a suitable antivirus solution. However, it’s most effective against existing, documented viruses. For protection against new “day one” threats, you’ll need to augment it with a software like Malwarebytes. These applications specialize in expedited updates to keep up with the latest malware attacks.
We recommend Vipre for small businesses with 10 computers or less. It will detect a virus, take corrective actions, and send you an email explaining what occurred. It’s compatible with macs and PCs.
For larger businesses using cloud storage, there are cloud-based antivirus solutions available.
Layers of Protection
For the optimal antivirus solution, you need protection on every part of your network. That could mean multiple applications.
A firewall is your first defensive barrier. Its job is to stop harmful data before it gets on your network. It’s installed on a server or router. It has rules to stop malicious data packets.
Your antivirus and antimalware software kicks in when something slips past your firewall. It quarantines the threatening files before they can fully activate and harm your data. They will remain contained until they’re removed.
The First Thing To Do When You Get a Virus
When you’re alerted your computer is infected, do not click any links, buttons, or windows even if they appear to be from trusted sources. Immediately press your computer’s power button and shut down your computer. When you reboot, run your antivirus application and see what it detects and what actions it recommends. In some cases, you may need to restore your system from a backup.
If you need assistance choosing the right antivirus solution for your business, contact our IT technicians at [email protected].