Alternatively referred to as an Antivirus Software, AVS, antivir, or just AV. An antivirus program is a software utility designed to protect your computer or network against computer viruses. If and when a virus is detected, the computer displays a warning asking what action should be done, often giving the options to remove, ignore, or move the file to the vault.
If a virus infected a computer without an antivirus program, it may delete files, prevent access to files, send spam, spy on you, or perform other malicious actions.
Does my computer need an antivirus program?
As mentioned above, if your computer is infected with a virus without an antivirus any number of malicious actions could occur. If you are running Microsoft Windows, we recommend having an antivirus program installed on the computer or if you are running the latest version of Windows making sure that Windows Defender is running.
What are some examples of antivirus programs?
Today, there are dozens of different companies and antivirus products available for computers, servers, and even phones. New versions of Microsoft Windows even include Windows Defender, which with the latest versions of Windows can defend against computer viruses. Other well-known antivirus programs include Norton Antivirus and McAfee, and popular free antivirus programs include Avast and AVG. See the link below for a full list of links and comparisons.
How do I open my Antivirus program?
After installing an antivirus program on your computer it should automatically start each time your boot your computer. If the antivirus program is not running in memory (in the background) your computer is not fully protected. When running the program should show in the Windows Notification Area. In the picture to the right, AVG is the center icon in the Windows Notification Area. Right-clicking or double-clicking the antivirus icon opens the program and allows you to manually start a scan or view other available options.
When was the first antivirus program written?
The first antivirus programs began appearing in 1987 with the introduction of an antivirus program from G Data Software for the Atari ST. Later in the same year VirusScan was introduced by John McAfee, which later became the McAfee antivirus program.
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