Sunday, July 1, 2018

Why Your Anti-Virus May Not Be Working

A slow computer, lost data, privacy concerns, and even identity theft are some of the problems you may face if your computer gets infected with viruses, spyware, and other malware.  Yet, there are a lot of people - perhaps even you - who don't realize their anti-virus software isn't working.

The problem is that most computers come from the factory with anti-virus software already installed. However, what many people fail to realize, or simply forget, is that this software is a limited-time only free trial. After the trial period is up, often in as little as 30 days, the software either stops updating, or even shuts down completely. Either way, it leaves your machine vulnerable.

If you computer is more than 30-days old and you have not bought and activated the paid-version of the preinstalled anti-virus software, then you may not have any effective protection from computer viruses. If that is the case, you have three options:

Option 1: Do nothing (which is what most people do without realizing it). This leaves your computer vulnerable to viruses, and you vulnerable to a loss of privacy and even identity theft.

Option 2: Buy and activate the full version of the preinstalled software (or some other paid antivirus software).

Option 3: Download and install a free anti-virus software package. I personally use the free version of Panda (I'm not affiliated with them other than being a satisfied customer). After more than two years of using Panda, I haven't had a single problem with viruses. There are also a number of other free anti-virus options available - see the anti-virus page at Please be aware that many free programs also offer paid versions with some extra bells-and-whistles, but really all you likely need is the free version. Also, some free versions don't offer automatic updating, so you may have to manually update the virus definitions (its easy - usually just click on the update button), so be aware if you need to do this or not.
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