Do I need Anti-Virus for my Laptop or Computer?
If you want to use your laptop or computer without risking corrupting your computer or identity theft, it must have Anti-Virus. Despite what you may have heard, even Apple Mac OS X is susceptible to viruses.
You can’t afford to not secure your computer. Enjoy using the internet without worrying about the next virus or scam finding it’s way to your screen.
What’s the worst that could happen?
An unsecured computer is a criminal’s dream. Without ever breaking and entering your home, they can access everything you can. With the popularity of online banking, payroll, and tax filing – you’re bound to have entered important information into your computer.
There are so many kinds of viruses and online dangers, some sit silently on your computer and log everything you type, including usernames, passwords, and Social Security Numbers. Others look like legitimate websites, like your bank or cable company, and wait for you to give them your passwords or personal information.
You should also be sure that your wireless network (WiFi) is secure because anyone can see your transmitted data if you don’t secure it. Learn how to secure your wireless home network in 8 steps, with pictures!
There are viruses that encrypt (lock up) ALL of your personal files and demand a ransom to unlock them. The worst part is that people will often pay the ransom and still not get their files back.
You may think that you’d know when you’re in danger, but the internet makes everything sound nice, doesn’t it? I’m sure you get the idea of all the ways criminals can destroy your life with a computer, but if you’re still not convinced, please, take the advice from Lana, a real life identity theft victim. On her list of Ten Mistakes People Make that Could Lead to Identity Theft, she lists “Failing to properly secure a computer” as #6.
What about the free or pre-installed Anti-Virus?
Many laptops or computers come pre-installed with a free Anti-Virus… the catch is, they are usually just a free trial and will annoy you to pay for the full version. A reputable Anti-Virus doesn’t do this.
Another issue is that free or pre-installed Anti-Virus software get updates far less than often than their paid counterparts. Since the Anti-Virus could be out of date far before you ever buy it, your computer could already be vulnerable because dangerous software may only now be detectable.
What are my options?
I recommend Malwarebytes 3.0, which is unlike the sub-par Anti-Virus that usually comes with new computers because it is fast and powerful but does not slow your computer down or annoy you. it scanned my entire computer in 15 minutes, see the image below for proof.
It is also more than an Anti-Virus, featuring the most comprehensive protection yet. It is so trusted that many massive businesses trust it to secure their computers and networks and even to double check other Anti-Virus software.
If you just don’t have the cash and are looking for a temporary safety measure, Malwarebytes 3.0 has a free version, but with a major downside. You have to tell it to scan manually, and it won’t protect you 24/7. I recommend having it anyways for a reliable on-demand scan. Regardless, Windows users should enable Microsoft Security Essentials and Mac OS X users should enable XProtect.
Secure your computer today! Don’t hesitate to leave any questions in the comments!
Malwarebytes 3.0 Premium [Download]
- Protects you from advanced (zero-day) threats, including ransomware, so you can surf the Web without worry
- Removes all traces of malware for complete safety
- Removes potentially unwanted programs (PUPs) that make your computer run poorly
- Scans fast so you don't have to sit around and wait for your security to finish working
- Easy to use, just set it and forget it