Do I need Antivirus and Antimalware?

[ad]Dear Computer Lady,

Just got a new laptop and wondered if I need both AVG (I have the paid version) and a Malware program on my computer.

Thank you, Brenda

Dear Brenda,

With the amount of malware out there just waiting to get into your system, it is a good idea to have both anti-virus and anti-malware software installed on your computer. I have both AVG Internet Security and Malwarebytes Anti-Malware installed on my personal computer.

The Malware program will protect you from hacking and phishing attempts along with different types of ransomware.

Prevention is always less expensive than fixing your computer after it has become infected.



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    • Rhino
    • March 7, 2014

    As Elizabeth says, having both is a good idea. Malware can, and does, slip by anti-virus either because the signature hasn’t been picked up and analysed yet, or because it works totally different. I have AVG free version and I can tell you that antiviruse software leaves a lot to be desired. I have had stuff on my computer, mostly software, that had viruses in it. Most of it has been picked up by AVG in the last 24 months or so. But, what is concerning is that this software was downloaded and fortunately not installed between 2003 and 2007! Yikes! It took them that long to isolate and get the signatures in to the antivirus software database. And other antivirus software is really no better. Some will pick up some stuff that others miss and vice versa.

    My lesson learned is, don’t download from 30 days of Xmas type deals where you can download software for free. Because free comes at a potentially very HIGH PRICE. That price of course being your privacy and your identity, with the inherent potential to have your bank accounts etc. compromised. That is a nightmare you never, ever, want to experience.

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