Question: What do I look for in an Anti-Virus program?
Answer: Today’s anti-virus or av programs bear little resemblance to programs of 5 or 6 years ago as a wealth of new options and features can be found on most major programs. Email scanning, anti-phishing, spam filtering, the list goes on and on of different things the anti-virus program can do. This has not come without a cost, however; many av programs are quite large in the area of Windows resources that they use and the effect this can have on your system’s performance and responsiveness.
Remember, first and foremost that an anti-virus program’s first job is to provide constant background real-time protection against the opening of any virus-infected file. All other features are secondary to this and the end-user must decide if a simple version or the Swiss Army knife version is the one for them.
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