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					?If you access the Internet, you certainly need anti-virus software. It does not matter
whether you do not use a computer. Whatever you use to get on line you must have
anti-virus software. Although there are hundreds of malicious idiots writing viruses to
attack those who log on to the Internet from a computer, there is an increasing number
who are focusing on mobile phone users as well.

It is harder to clear viruses from your mobile phone as well, because there are less
vendors for the anti-virus software and cell phone users are often less technically
knowledgeable than computer users, although the technique of removing the virus is
fairly similar.

Let's just use the example of using computers to go on line. If you go on line, your
ant-virus software is your most important piece of software. It does not matter what
you use the Internet for - transferring data back to base or reading emails from friends
- you are subject to attack.

For example, if you use the Internet only to communicate with your head office, a
hacker might try to piggy-back your link to gain access to the mainframe at head
office and perhaps access financial or other personal data and if you just send to and
receive emails from your friends and family, you are open to assault from malevolent
fools around the world.

If you use webmail such as that provided by Yahoo, Hotmail and MSN to name only
the most popular, you will be sheltered from the most obvious attacks, but still not out
of harm's way. If you receive your email via an email client such as Outlook or
Outlook Express, then you do not even have that small amount of security.

If you do not use email, but only surf the Internet for research or whatever, you are
still not secure, because some websites and loaded with viruses, trojans and worms,
waiting to unload them onto unsuspecting readers.

Therefore, whatever reason you surf the Internet for, you could do with some type of
security. Fortunately, anti-virus software for non-commercial use is cheap and can
even be free. Business users will normally get tax relief on their purchases.

However, be cautious with the free anti-virus software, because not all of it is
effective enough. The exceptions that spring readily to mind are Avira and AVG.
These are exceptional items and have justly gained worldwide praise. Just Google the
two names to get the download address.

The anti-virus software that costs something (typically $25-$50 per year) customarily
offer one to two months free examination before you buy and a reduction in price, if
you pay for more than one year at a time. Names that fall into this category are
Kaspersky, McAfee, Norton and Nod.
After you have selected your software, the following steps are the same for free and
paid software. First install it and then configure it. If you are not certain how to do
that do not be concerned, the default settings are fine for the overwhelming majority
of users. The only choice you will get that it is vital you make properly is to consent
to automatic updates.

New viruses are being exposed or fixed every day and for your anti-virus software to
be effectual, you must allow it to update itself whenever it wishes to.

Owen Jones, the author of this article, writes on many subjects, but is currently
involved with the network antivirus software. If you have an interest in such software,
please go over to our website now at Computer Antivirus Software

				
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