Questions regarding virus, spyware and other security software repeatedly get raised, especially after an infection is discovered. The questions focus primarily on how the infections happened and how can they can be prevented in the future. There are three parts to protecting your system from infections and each play an important role in maintaining a healthy system.
Computer Repair Technicians are often asked about protection from infections. Clients want recommendations on protection and prevention software that will ensure they are never infected again. Computer Repair Specialists engage in thorough analysis of a system and carefully detail each infection in order to develop a proper cleanup method, but they cannot guarantee the system will remain uninfected indefinitely. One of the most common questions a Computer Repair Specialist is asked after disinfecting a system is, ‘Will this prevent my system from getting infected again?’. If the specialist is worth his salt he will give an educated response with details explaining his answer. The short answer to that question is no. No matter what software or protection is used, they will not prevent your system from becoming infected again.
Prevention is the most important and probably the most misunderstood in this three step process. The only true method of prevention is better habits. Users need to use good judgment and have ‘security first’ in mind when using their computers. Better habits can mean a great number of things but two very simple examples are, users need to abstain from downloading files or software from an untrusted source and be mindful of unsolicited emails with attachments. Those examples are becoming common knowledge but there is much more involved when it comes to online security. Today’s users need to familiarize themselves with the latest threats and be aware of potential security flaws in the programs they use. Users may find it a daunting task and may need to initially seek guidance from a professional Computer Specialist. When better online habits are utilized security software becomes a second line of defense rather than the only source of protection.
Detection is the second step and is almost entirely managed by security software. This is where the money spent on security software is often earned. Security software, whether it be virus detection, robust security suite or some other form of protection is first and foremost an infection detector. The infections that run rampant throughout the internet are gathered into databases and security software then checks against those database. Without those database, security software hasn’t a clue what to scan for and therein lies the problem with security software being used as a prevention tool. Most security software programs do a decent job of detecting infections but as with all computer software, there is the human factor. Security software needs to be updated and operate regularly for users to get the most from it. Updates are crucial to maintaining up-to-date database and routine scans are necessary in order to catch infections early. In the end it is still up to the user to ensure updates and scans are performed regularly.
Finally, there is the cleanup step. Cleanup can be very difficult depending on the infection(s). Security software will usually offer a cleanup option which can be useful if the infections are caught early. Certain infections may appear to be cleaned by the software but actually remain on the system, hidden and unseen. Others will multiply themselves or cause additional problems that allow more infections to enter the system. Advanced cleanup of those infections will require a Computer Specialist. Cleanup is the final step but it is also the last resort. With better habits regarding Prevention and early Detection from quality software it’s possible that advanced cleanup will never be an issue.
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