Don’t forget an Antivirus!

computervirusAn antivirus is a very important part of computer safety.  Antivirus software is used to prevent, detect, and remove malware (malicious software), including computer viruses, computer worms, trojan horses, spyware, and adware. I know that many of the things listed are complicated and most people spend little time thinking about them…except when they have found their way onto your computer.  They can disrupt or deny you access to your computer, gather personal information, and can add unwanted programs to your computer. If you already have antivirus software and it seems to not work right, check and see if you have two antiviruses downloaded on your computer.  If this is the case they will interfere with each other and neither one will work properly.  Your antivirus will attack each other thinking that they are a virus, therefore only one antivirus is needed on a computer.  If you do not have an antivirus already or are not happy with the one you have (uninstall your old one first) we have a few suggestions of antivirus software that has worked well for us. We recommend three different antivirus software companies in the order given: Avast, Microsoft Security Essentials, and AGV.  All three of these programs are compatible with our Clean Internet filter.  As for ease of use, I would give it an A+. All you need to do is follow the easy steps on the links above and 1, 2, 3, you are ready. Just make sure you allow it to scan your computer and update when it needs to.  We have also found these three antivirus companies to be reliable.  A worry-free way to protect you computer, literally while you sleep.  The last and maybe the best reason to use these products is that they are FREE.  You are not putting out any money to try it out. If you don’t like it just uninstall it and try a different product.  There are antivirus companies that charge for there products because they usually offer a wider area of protection, but as a normal homeowner all the protection you need for your computer is offered through these free products. If you think that your computer is acting strange and might already have malware or spyware harming it, I would recommend that you download Super AntiSpyware along with your antivirus software. It, too, is free and will scan your computer to find and remove any unwanted programs on your computer. If you have any questions give us a call toll free at 1-866-752-5326 or post a comment and we will try and answer it. The software downloads I mentioned today, along with a few others, are found on our homepage,, under the “suggested downloads” category. We are dedicated to keeping you safe while online.