Most of us surf online without giving another thought to all the malware lurking about. Don't be a statistic. Have an Antivirus program running at all times and keep it updated. Most Antivirus software is "set it and forget it", which means that it will do what it needs to do to protect you, silently in the background. If it finds something suspicious or dangerous on your PC, it will neutralize the threat or give you options to stop the malware from creating havoc. There are many Antivirus companies, all claiming to be the best for your PC. Your goal is to find an Antivirus that keeps you safe online and doesn't slow your computing down to a crawl while running in the background. Take time to read comparisons or reviews and when trying one out, always uninstall any Antivirus you currently have installed before installing the new one. You should never have two Antivirus programs running at the same time, it will cause major problems. I currently use Kaspersky and am very happy with it.
If you don't have an Antivirus or can't afford one, there is no need to go without protection. A couple of excellent free Antivirus programs available for personal use are:
- Avira AntiVir (the most highly recommended one).
- Avast 4 Home (close second in terms of recommendations).
As always, create a backup of your system, just in case there are unforeseen problems. A little preparation goes a long way.