Troubleshooting: Five things to think about anti-virus software performance

Almost everyone is aware of the dangers posed by malware and the need to install and maintain a reliable anti-virus program.  However, the anti-virus software itself has been known to cause issues that impact system performance and reliability.  So, let’s start by taking a look at some things to consider when choosing an Anti-Virus package. First and […]

Almost everyone is aware of the dangers posed by malware and the need to install and maintain a reliable anti-virus program.  However, the anti-virus software itself has been known to cause issues that impact system performance and reliability.  So, let’s start by taking a look at some things to consider when choosing an Anti-Virus package.

  1. First and foremost, the AV package we choose has to be effective at both identifying and cleaning (or isolating) malware on the system.  If it can’t do either one effectively, then you probably want to be thinking about a different solution
  2. If you are even slightly familiar with the security trends surrounding malware, then you know that virus and malware writers churn out variations on a theme at an astonishing rate.  A good AV solution provides frequent and timely updates to combat these variations. 
  3. In addition, a good AV package is able to recognize the myriad of virus and malware programs that have been released.  In other words, quantity of viruses recognized and the quality of the actions that the AV program is able to take to address these virus issues are equally important.[…]

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