Yes, You Need An Anti-Virus Program

Yes, you need it and yes, you actually need to run it.

Unless of course you’re using a Mac.  Then you can skip this post and go back to Tweeting about Dancing With The Stars.

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Now I have never had a virus.  I don’t know if it’s because of my diligent skills or because I have always had some sort of antivirus program on my computer.

Or maybe I’m just lucky.  I also never get mosquito bites, so it must just be luck.

AVG

Now this is my favorite.  Why?  Because it is easy to use and they have a free version.  Obviously the free version does not have as many features, but I use it for my laptop, which does not store any important files.  So that works for me, but I would recommend using either their Antivirus for $27.99 or their Internet Security for $43.99.

The Internet Security covers it all and even has a firewall.  But it only covers one computer for one year at that price.

Trend Micro

I love them.  This is the one I use on my desktop computer and is used in my office.  Their Internet Security Pro is amazing, it does everything and nothing is getting through this bad boy.  That, of course, is my professional opinion.

This version is also a smaller file, which takes up less space on your computer.   It has a features to clean your registry and temporary files and it manages your startup programs. All which will help your computer run smoother.  For $69.95 it covers three of your computers for one year.  It also includes 2GB of online storage.

If you only need it for one computer, and you just want basic protection, you could purchase their Antivirus+Antispyware for $39.95.  But also check out Internet Security for $49.95, which limits certain times, duration and specific websites for children.

McAfee

Their Total Protection software, which is usually $79.99, is now $39.99 a year for three computers.  That’s enough to make a geek smile.  I really like the vault feature, which allows you to secure files in case your computer is ever lost or stolen.   At that price, there is no need to look at their other products.  Sold!

Norton

I’m not a huge fan.  I’ve used Norton on my computers for years, but I have found that they’re a pain to remove.  But I did see that the Norton 360 has a recovery tool which repairs, restores and boots severely infected, unbootable PCs.  That’s a feature I didn’t see on the others.

So there you have it.  I know it’s not as interesting as a post about this season’s ankle boots, but when your computer crashes those Jimmy Choo’s aren’t going to help you.

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