Can a Virus or Spyware Get Through Free and Paid Antivirus Products? - Page 2
With respect to the big box guys, it’s not always their fault, but most consumers believe they should at least be able to catch some of the newer trends and attack threats. If you own one of the big box products, you’re probably asking yourself, what can I do as a consumer to make sure I have the highest level of protection?
Always make sure your subscription is valid.
Check into upgrades to see if your product has another version for malware/spyware.
Double check your settings to insure they are all configured right to protect your computer.
Verify that the real-time detection is enabled (you may need to check all the settings to find this option).
Schedule updates for “daily.”
Schedule scans for “daily.”
Find out their refund policy because if you get a virus and need to pay a company to remove it, you better be able to get your money back on a product that failed.
Most options try to do a good job, but free is still free. Or as most would say, you get what you pay for. As an ethical and reputable computer support provider and author, I will not even try to convince you that paid options are somewhat better than the free options. Our statistics cannot prove one way or the other, as we see just as many intrusions from the paid options as we do with the free options.
Our next article will offer more information on stopping a “fake virus download” before additional problems arise.