Antivirus software is a critical part to any computer, without it you are leaving your system vulnerable to all sorts of threats that can compromise your data and identity.
Identity and data theft are a huge problem nowadays and online ‘gangs' operate to make huge profits by stealing important financial information and information. They do this by utilizing many distinct exploits, but the most frequent are:
These major threats operate with the same intention; to steal key information that relates to your identity or your financial details. By retrieving this data an internet burglar can quickly access websites such as your online banking or PayPal and then transfer funds to a nominated account.
Without proper antivirus protection such exploits can easily wind up on your system without you knowing. You will download a file that you think is safe and have infected. You might even pay a visit to a legitimate website that has been infected maliciously and that can silently install a Trojan horse virus onto your machine when you visit it. Regrettably, nobody is secure. Navigating the Internet nowadays with no form of anti-virus protection is a catastrophe waiting to happen.
There are many flavors of Antivirus programs available, both free variants and paid for versions. Generally the paid for versions will offer additional features that the free ones cannot. Having used the majority of the major anti-virus packs I had been most impressed with Avast. I've had experience with the free version, the pro version and the Internet Security version and every one offered a quite substantial degree of protection and very impressive detection rates compared to other major vendors such as Norton, Mcafee and Kaspersky.
These are the crucial characteristics that Avast Internet Security is based upon. Among the most striking extras is the ‘sandbox' attribute. This permits you to run a potentially dangerous file or browse to a potentially dangerous website without causing any harm to your computer. It does this by creating a localized and secure’ sandbox' where the document or site is executed in. Any malicious action cannot escape from this sandbox and infect your machine or change important system files.