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Class 8.03: Antivirus Software

Antivirus software is used to prevent, detect, and remove computer viruses, worms, adware, spyware, and other forms of malware.

Antivirus software is available as commercial purchased products or downloadable as free products. No particular antivirus software is endorsed, so choose the best product for your needs.

Below are some of the many antivirus programs available. Some are for purchase and some are free for download. There are many antivirus programs on the market and we suggest you do your research before you commit to any one program.

When comparing antivirus software, consider:

  • Price: if two solutions have similar features, then price becomes a factor.
  • Customer reviews: read user comments on their experience using the software. You can find software customer reviews on Cnet or PC Magazine. Click on the links to see the reviews.
  • Customer support: make sure that the software you download offers dedicated software support.

Check out the links below for more information on antivirus software recommendations:

Many of the antivirus software packages have firewalls built into them. A firewall’s job is similar to a physical firewall that keeps a fire from spreading from one area to the next. A firewall can be used to protect your home network and family from offensive websites and potential hackers.

Firewalls work like a filter between your computer/network and the Internet. You can program what information or data you want to let out and what information or data you want to let in. Everything else is blocked.