You made the right choice to protect your computer system from viruses, but do not know which product you want to buy? following are some things to look for, in roughly this order, when assessing a new Anti-Virus software:
- You should see if the new version of the product is certified NCSA / ICSA. To this certification a product must detect 100% of viruses in the wild, and at least 90% of all other viruses.
- You should check with all testing laboratories such as Virus Bulletin, and the unity of viruses. During the test may be somewhat outdated, they can provide valuable information about products that are good and which do not.
- Try to find a shareware / demo program on the provider's website, you can try a free copy of this software.
Optionally, You can see whether the product supports integrity checking programs so that you can determine whether the programs were a new, yet undiscovered viruses and real-time monitoring system changed, to see whether Macor program or try other programs or modify documents. This can not in all environments (such as computers, used by software developers), because of the strong possibility of false alarms appropriately.
Finally, you should make sure that you feel comfortable with the program interface. After all, if the program difficult to use and update, use and update much less often than you should, and therefore a higher risk of infection ...
Now that we've covered how to find the right software, it is also the problem of bad software out there. Bad software, also known as "snake oil" is known worse than you think, because the user a false sense of security.
Some signs indicate that a particular piece of software is snake oil, you can:
- Affirms that the software is 100% of existing viruses. Since there are more than 20 000 different tribes (and it is a conservative estimate!) Are a great achievement is to be able to recognize them all.
- Claims that the product will never be updated. No matter how good a product might be, there is always a way around this, as history has shown, where virus writers and anti-virus in competition with each other in a sort of cat and mouse.
- Endorsements from people such as journalists who do not have sufficient creditentials in the field of computer virus.
- Confusing terminology and key words. If you are a bit clued about the virus, and you see the strange terminology by the seller in the description of a product is used, they may try to deceive the average layperson. (Example: with "piggyback" instead of "fast infector")