As badly as I want to end this post at that, let’s go into a bit more detail about what antivirus is, what it does and why you need it.
What is antivirus?
The technical definition for antivirus is a software that prevents, detects and removes malware. I understand that you may not be the most technical person out there and so I put together a simple analogy to help this make more sense.
Think of antivirus as the bouncer, your computer as the nightclub and malware as the underage kids trying to sneak into the nightclub. It’s the bouncers job (antivirus) to verify that each and every person (malware) trying to get into the nightclub (your computer) is allowed in. If they are on the ‘do not let into the nightclub’ list, your bouncer (antivirus) will block them from entering. The only catch is that your bouncer (antivirus) can only go off of what is on his list. If someone isn’t on the list already, they could potentially sneak right in.
This is why it is important for you to update your antivirus as often as possible. Updating allows you to keep your bouncers list ‘current’ with any new threats so that they can be blocked from entering your nightclub.
What does antivirus do?
What? My analogy wasn’t good enough? Antivirus is one of the first lines of defense for your computer. It makes sure that any known threats are quickly disposed of either by blocking them or removing them all together. It is crucial that you keep your antivirus up to date to ensure you are defending against the most recent threats.
Why do I need it?
To keep your PC running smoothly of course!
Not only that, antivirus is needed for a number of other reasons. These might include keeping your personal information safe, securing your data, maintaining system health, etc.
So many options! Which one do I pick?
There are a number of free antivirus options out there. I will leave a link to some of the most top rated ones here. There are definitely paid options but most people, myself included, opt for the free versions and are pleasantly surprised. In conclusion, the choice is really up to you, as long as you pick one, understand how to use it, and maintain it properly.