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Monday
Jul022012

Changing Your Antivirus - Here's What To Do

So you have decided to change anti virus software on your computer , here is what you should do.

First make sure you thoroughly remove your current anti virus on your computer.

Your anti-virus solution can be un-installed from the Programs section in your Control Panel however some remnants may remain so you can go to the manufacturers site and look for a removal tool which will remove all remnants of the software.

I have included some links below for popular anti virus solutions.

Norton Removal Tool

McAfee Removal Tool

Kaspersky Removal Tool

AVG Removal Tool

After removal reboot and proceed to install your new anti-virus solution.

Tuesday
May082012

Microsoft Security Essentials - The Free Antivirus Software I Recommend

I am always asked which antivirus software I recommend.

The free one I recommend is Microsoft Security Essentials available from Microsoft.

Microsoft claim that it " provides real-time protection for your home or small business PCs."

Having used it and installed it on many clients computers I can corroborate these claims.

So who would switch to this and why.

Well if you run one of the alternative free software antivirus ( AVG , Comodo ) you should look at swapping because this solution fits well within the Windows environment because let's be honest here , nobody knows Windows better than Microsoft.

Remember also that virus's and malware are written to exploit holes in the Windows Operating system and that is why you need to update your operating system with Windows Update.

After installation you will have the following displayed on the bottom right hand side of your computer screen.

Notice the green " castle" with the tick in it .

That means all is good , so all you ever have to remember is, green is good"

If it is orange then it wants you to do something ( usually a quick scan ) and if it is red it can mean an issue.

If Microsoft Security Essentials finds a virus then you will get a warning and an instruction on the screen as to what you should do with it.