There are so many different choices for your anti-virus software and they all come packaged with various features, but is important to get one that is reliable to protect your machines and your data. A reliable antivirus should be able to consistently recognise threats, as well as deal with them effectively. Ideally, it will also be lightweight, with as little impact on the installed machine as possible.

A computer virus can do a whole number of things, depending on where the virus came from, what kind of virus it is, and its’ purpose. An antivirus can slow down the computer, by hogging all the system resources in the background. It can also be used to steal information, either by uploading copies of files, or by registering keystrokes and other user inputs and relaying them back to the source. It is the job of the antivirus software to stop these from infecting your computer, while also locating and removing them. Viruses can also spread to other devices connected to the infected machine, such as flash drives and external hard drives. It can also spread across a whole computer network, so you can see why it’s important to have a good antivirus software.

Computer viruses are mainly distributed online. If you’re downloading files off websites, make sure that you are clicking the correct download link for the file that you are attempting to download. Commonly, virus files can be found when downloading font packs to your PC, a real gripe for IT technicians. They are also commonly distributed via email, so be careful when downloading attachments, and never open an attachment from an unknown sender!

Affordable IT offers an antivirus package with all the features necessary to keep your machines and your network both safe and secure. As with other antiviruses, it can block threats, as well as locate and remove them but it will also alert us of any threats it finds so that we are up to date with the health of your systems. Furthermore, we are also able to block machines from using devices such as flash drives and disk drives, to further protect the machines from infections. It can also scan your emails, your network drives and any device that gets plugged in to your machines. Our managed antivirus service also comes packaged with our remote agent, which allows us to keep an eye on your machines, and connect remotely to help with any IT issues.

For a full list of our antivirus features, or for more information regarding prices and services, get in touch with our technical team today. You can contact us by email or call us on 02380 000 770