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Is Antivirus software a preventive security measure?


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2013-05-08 12:35:13
2013-05-08 12:35:13

Yes, a big part of anti-virus software is prevention. You hear a lot in medicine 'Prevention is the best cure," and the same principle can be applied to computers. If you can avoid getting a virus or a worm or... anything really, it's better than having to deal with it.

Unfortunately, viruses cannot always be prevented. That's where the other function of anti-virus comes in! The removal of the virus. Anti-viruses can scan your computer, detect rogue coding or files within, and delete it.

Some viruses are complicated beyond the point of anti-viral software, and you may need to take your computer to a professional.

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