Hard to believe but I’m still getting these same phone calls:
Person: Can you help me? My computer is doing weird things and won’t work right. Sometimes I can’t even get on the internet. Things keep popping up on my screen. Etc…
Me: What antivirus do you have on your pc?
Person: Umm, I don’t know if I have one. How can I tell?
Me: (shaking my head)
I felt compelled to write this because I am truly surprised at how many people don’t have antivirus and spyware protection on their computer. Be proactive when it comes to your computer defense. The cost of repairing your computer after you’ve been infected, along with the loss of time and sanity, far exceeds the cost of purchasing the software and maintaining it in the first place. Save yourself the headache and just do it.
“But I don’t really go on the internet and I certainly don’t go to those kinds of sites.” It doesn’t matter. Spyware and virus programmers have become more creative with ways to infect your computer. Just because you don’t go to any of “those” sites doesn’t mean you’re safe. All it takes is one shady email from friend or foe (or one innocent looking website) and you’re done.
“I paid for an antivirus program and it expired but it still scans my computer so I should be okay, right?” No, not really. Just because it still scans your system does not mean its protecting you. Most programs update their database of viruses at least weekly which means you’re not getting the new information if you’re not paying. Your computer will be susceptible to any new dangers.
“I have several antivirus and spyware programs on my computer so I should REALLY be okay.” Really? I’ve worked on computers where there were more than one antivirus and spyware program installed and running. I recall one person who had 3 antivirus programs installed. I suppose maybe those folks figure if one was good, more than one would be better. Unfortunately, that’s not how it works. Instead, having 3 just gave this person a false sense of security, and in the end, they had to call me for virus removal.
“I can’t afford to pay that much for antivirus programs.” There are a number of antivirus and spyware programs out there. Some for purchase and some free. You may want to check with friends and family and see what works for them and which ones they might suggest to you.
What do I use? Well, many moons ago I used Norton antivirus. (I never was a fan of McAfee.) However, Norton jacked their annual fee up and the program was resource intensive (meaning: when the program was scanning I couldn’t do much else on my computer). My friend Jeff suggested a free program called AVG antivirus. I’ve used that along with the Spybot spyware program for about 4 years now and have never had a problem. I’m very happy with both. You can check out these and other antivirus and spyware programs here at downloads.com or… for information on this and other maintenance tasks visit me here.
So there you go. Get in there and make sure your computer is protected. No excuses. You’ll be glad you did some day when you watch someone else deal with an infection.