Viruses, and Spyware and Malware! Oh, my!

Viruses, and Spyware and Malware! Oh, my!

Fact: Even if you have virus protection, you could still get infected.

Gasp.  I know. I just thought I’d go ahead and put that out there.

Your virus protection does a great job at fighting and preventing viruses but has little to no protection against Spyware and Malware.  Imagine the police department playing the roles of our fire department and medical crews… they just couldn’t!  Some virus developers claim to attack Spyware and Malware, but we haven’t found anything on the market that does a good job of it.

Why not?  We’re not sure.  If we had the resources, we would!

For the most part, virus & spyware protection is all you need. If you have a teenager in the house that shares pirated music (LimeWire) or visits strange websites or pornographic material, malware protection is a must.

So what kind of software is out there?  We have a few that we recommend.

  1. Norton AntiVirus + AntiSpyware ($40/year ) – Virus, Spyware
    Does a great job and leaves you alone.  If you select this, buy the basic $40 version as the larger versions aren’t worth the upgrade and slow your computer down.
  2. Microsoft Security Essentials (free) – Virus, Spyware, Malware
    This one is new to our recommended line-up.  Though it claims to handle spyware and malware, we have noticed it miss on occasion.  Scans are also a lot longer than the competition.  We recommend it because it’s the best virus program out there that is both free and tracks a decent percentage of malware.
  3. Spyware Doctor ($30) – Spyware
    The absolute best Spyware scanner in the industry.
  4. MalwareBytes (free).
    The absolute best Malware, Trojan Horse, Root Kit, bot, and worm scanner in the industry.  And it’s free!

If nothing else, always make sure you have virus protection on your computer.  Never, ever have more than one virus scanner installed on your computer at a time. If you ever need assistance, please do not hesitate to give us a call at 352-328-3333.