If you are born after 1990, you might think that computer security was not a severe issue at the time when most of the people used DOS, and the internet was in its infancy. Still, that was not the case, as computer viruses had devastating effects, like Michelangelo which would activate itself on March 6 and would erase first one hundred sectors of a hard disc drive with nulls.The data would be lost unless you were lucky enough to have recovery software. Antiviruses existed back then, but since there were no online updates, they were quickly becoming outdated. In today’s day and age, the situation is better and worse at the same time, as there are more complete security solutions for your computer. Still, the number of threats is growing faster than ever. Thankfully, you can protect yourself even if you are not willing to spend your cash for it.
Competition is a great thing, and we can see that when it comes to antivirus software. In the past, it was hard to find a decent app that would protect you for free, as your best hope was a shareware antivirus with limited functionality. Today, you can grab at least ten free solutions that are almost at the same level when detecting viruses, so you should think more about which one is tailor-made for you. What we recommend are Avira, Avast, Kaspersky, AVG, and Bitdefender, so check them and find which one is according to your taste. Free antivirus solutions are in some ways, even better than their premium versions. Their detection level is the same as the paid version, while the interface is more straightforward and covers only the basics. For most of the home users that will be more than enough!
While it’s a bad idea to have two antiviruses installed as they will conflict with each other and give you headaches, antiviruses and antimalware software like Malwarebytes work together like a charm. Malwarebytes will scan your hard drive for malware, ransomware, and other malicious software that your antivirus might not catch. This app has a free version which lacks real-time protection, so you’ll have to run it manually. At least try the free version for a few weeks, until you figure out if you need more protection. We are fine with a free version for a long time now, though.
Finally, the most important thing is to stay smart online, especially as you search for premium sites or free stuff to download. If you are giving your credit card number or personal data to a scammer that promises you fame and fortune, even the best software can’t protect you. Don’t believe that someone is ready to give you millions for your assistance to transfer money, or that you’ll get the best online games for free if you install something first. While the malicious software won’t ever go away, if you take our tips seriously, you’ll be fine!