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What's Antivirus software and what does it do?

Antivirus is a type of computer program that's designed to seek out and remove computer viruses that have infected your computer. They can also block your system from getting infected with new viruses. There are antivirus programs available for every operating system, including Windows, Mac OS, Android, iPhone, and even Linux. The word "antivirus" is a misnomer, considering that most of these applications can also clean any form of malware from your system, not only viruses.

Malware threats

The presence of viruses and other malware on the internet is constant and always changing. Hackers are constantly developing new forms of software for any number of purposes with over 1million malware a day to:

  • Steal personal information from your computer files

  • Steal bank or credit count login information use keyboard logger software

  • Turn your computer into a "bot" to perform email spamming and Denial of Service (DDOS) attacks

  • Randomly pop up ad windows while you're using your computer with malicious intent

  • Pop up ransomware threats to get you to send money

Some of these threats are more serious than others, but in almost every case, a virus consumes CPU, memory, and other system resources that reduce your productivity and put your privacy at risk.

What Does Antivirus Software Do?

if you're using a Windows computer or an Android device, using Antivirus software is critical.

When you install and run antivirus software, it'll protect you in many ways.

  • It regularly scans on a schedule that you set, scanning all of the directories and files on your system to spot known signatures that identify malware threats. Once identified, the antivirus software will isolate those files from your system and delete them.

  • You can run a manual scan any time you suspect that your system may be infected with malware of any kind.

  • Some antivirus companies also offer browser extensions that protect you where most virus infections take place, while you're browsing the internet. It'll warn you when you're visiting a dangerous website, and many extensions even alert you to all privacy issues, such as whether the site includes tracking cookies.

  • Most antivirus programs also monitor all of your network traffic to and from your computer. It'll recognize when new, suspicious software is communicating over an unauthorized port on your system and will alert you to the activity. On many corporate networks, the IT department needs to add special "exceptions" to allow business software to communicate between computers and servers on specific ports.

All of these features work together to ensure that your computer is safeguarded against malware that may be running on your system, even if you're unaware of it.

Do I Need Antivirus Software?

Windows 10 comes with Windows Defender, which includes a firewall and an antivirus component. However, Windows Defender isn't a perfect solution.

The following actions on your part can put your computer at risk if you don't install antivirus software:

  • Clicking on email phishing links.

  • Downloading free software from unknown sources.

  • Using peer-to-peer file-sharing software.

  • Clicking on malicious social media links

  • Going to malicious websites ( most of the time not even knowing that you are)

There are two main functions of antivirus software, blocking viruses from infecting your computer from the internet, but also protecting your computer from your own mistakes.

With VortexShield you get those basic functions plus much more:

  • Top of the line Antivirus Software

  • Windows Patch Management

  • 3rd Party Patch Management ( applications like Adobe reader, 7zip, Java...)

  • Virus Monitoring ( all Antivirus agents check-in to our centralized console)

  • Certified technicians monitoring for malware and patching issues

  • Remote support response in case of malware or patching issues

  • Manual Sandbox submissions ( not sure about an email or file that you received? Send it to us we will check it for you)

  • EDR ( Endpoint Detection and Response with business plans)

  • Endpoint Risk Management (with business plans)

  • Hyperdetect with machine learning (with business plans)

You get all that for a similar price as you would pay to buy an Antivirus, but with us you also don't have to worry about picking Antivirus, setting that Antivirus up, and making sure that it's updated.

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