Anti-virus, which one is right for you?

We are often asked “What is the best anti-virus program to use?”

The best way to answer this question is answer a question with a question and that is “What is the best anti-virus program for you?” Now we’re not trying to be difficult or a “smart ass”, but each computer user has a different set of needs when it comes to the level of complexness or usability. The plain fact is that everyone using a computer should be using some type of malware (viruses, spyware, etc.) protection. There is no computer, running any operating system, that is totally immune from malware. There are some advocates of their own favorite operating system who would like you to believe that their favorite is immune but they are wrong.

There are anti-virus programs that range from free to nearly a hundred dollars for a subscription. The higher priced programs generally have many more “bells and whistles” than the free programs and may cover multiple computers or be multi-year subscriptions. The additional “bells and whistles” may include a firewall (protects your computer from intrusion by people or software), computer tune-up software (runs on a regularly scheduled timetable to keep you computer running smoothly).

The free software generally keeps your computer free of malware but may need more careĀ  to run properly, i.e., you may have to manually update the software or run scans. The paid software generally keeps the software updated and runs a scan of the entire computer on a schedule. There are several anti-virus programs that we like and “give” or sell to our clients. The free anti-virus that we like is Microsoft Security Essentials which is made by Microsoft and does a good job of detecting and removing malware. We also like Malwarebytes Anti-malware Free Version which we install strictly to use as a malware scanner to detect anything other anti-malware programs may miss. (Yes not every malware scanner detects all malware, because each scanner uses a different detection method and uses different malware definitions in determining what to remove.)

For protection for a fee anti-malware programs, we sell both Total Defense and Vipre brand anti-virus programs. We sell two different programs because we know our clients have different needs and both these software programs are “lightweight” and easy to use.

By “lightweight” we mean that it doesn’t use a lot of your computer’s resourses (memory & CPU) so they don’t significantly slow your computer down. We like Total Defense for small installations (1 or 2 computers) and Vipre for larger installations because it has a robust central console to manage all network computers from one place.

If after reading this blog entry you have any questions, feel free to call us at (376) 322-1578 or e-mail us at or

Warning! Fake Software Upgrade!

I received an e-mail today urging me to get a free upgrade to Adobe Acrobat Reader 2012. This software is NOT real and I would suspect it is some sort of scam to either infect your computer or steal your information. The latest version of Adobe Acrobat Reader is Acrobat Reader X (10.1.2). Please don’t be fooled by this or any similar e-mail.