A few words about antivirus software, There are many offerings out there for antivirus and anti-malware applications and everyone has their favorite. Many companies have been making a distinction between different types of malware, viruses, and spyware, and produce separate applications for each category. This means more money for them, and more applications to slow down your computer. All types of malicious applications, virus, adware, malware, and spyware fall under the blanket name of Malware (malicious software) and a good anti-malware application will address all types and not just one.
There are also different types of protection that can be provided by anti-malware applications, you can have real time protection, or a scanner that will find and remove a malicious application. The difference between the two is like the difference between taking a vaccine to prevent a sickness, or taking medication to cure it. It’s better to not get an infection, than it is to attempt to remove it after the fact and try to repair the damage, removing a computer virus is like a patched flat tire, you’ll always wonder if it was done right, and you’ll attribute every little problem to it.
I suggest you purchase a good antivirus application that covers the whole spectrum of threats, and has real time protection. Don’t use that ‘free’ one some friend or relative swears by, you get what you pay for. Seriously, think of all the information on your computer, and the banking web sites you access, do you really want to risk your information being lost or stolen? Get an antivirus if you don’t have one NOW!
Your computer needs antivirus protection, just like your car needs insurance. Don’t think it’s an option, don’t put it off, get protected right away. I can’t say this enough.
MalwareBytes anti-malware provides a free scanner that can be used to clean a virus infection from your computer, and offers a premium version that will provide real time protection to stop infections from happening, they’ve never made a distinction between types of malware, and in my experience their application finds more and performs better than others I’ve used. Like I said, everyone has their preferences and many people would argue for other applications, it’s really personal preference.
But, you need to get protected like yesterday!