What is Antivirus Software?

Avira Premium If you’re new to computing and the internet, then you might be confused by some frequently used terms that pop up again and again in advice articles. For instance, the experts say you need antivirus software like Avira Premium to keep your computer safe as you surf the World Wide Web. But what exactly is antivirus software and what does it do? Let’s find out.

What is it?

Antivirus software is a computer program that runs on your machine to help prevent, identify, quarantine, and eradicate a wide range of viruses, worms, trojans, spyware, adware, and other malicious threats.

What does it do?

Different types of antivirus software provide different functions and levels of performance. For example, if you use free software, you’ll only get the most basic functionality, such as the ability to scan your hard drives or specific files and to remove detected problems. If you pay for Avira Premium or similar programs, the functionality and protection capabilities increase dramatically and you’ll have greater control over what you want the program to do (and when).

What doesn’t it do?

An antivirus program does not give you the same comprehensive protection as something like Avira Internet Security, which offers a firewall, safe browsing mode, anti-spam and anti-phishing features, data backup, parental controls, and more. If you need this kind of advanced performance, you have to look beyond basic antivirus software.

Now that you have a clearer idea of what antivirus software can and cannot do, you should be able to select a product that fits your protection needs. Visit SoftwareSecuritySolutions.com today to learn more about Antivirus Suites and Internet Security, and all the other affordable computer security solutions we offer.