Choosing an Antivirus Program

The only computer that's absolutely safe from hostile software is one that's been unplugged and locked away. For everyone else, the risks of computer viruses are too great to ignore. Given the pandemic nature of viruses and worms, and their astonishing ability to reproduce, the conclusion is clear: No serious Windows user can afford to be without effective antivirus protection.

Even a quick survey of the marketplace turns up more than a dozen highly regarded antivirus packages. They're not all created equal. Which one is right for you? To narrow the field, ask yourself the following questions:

  • Do I need a personal or network antivirus solution? As the name implies, personal antivirus software is designed to run on a ...

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