A lot of jargon is thrown around when it comes to protecting your computer and devices, including antivirus and anti-malware. It begins to get confusing as to which you should be using and whether they are actually that different from one another. Here is what you need to know.
Antivirus software is designed to protect against, detect, and remove viruses that have been downloaded on your computer. A virus is a code that has been placed on your computer in an effort to do malicious deeds against you by adding, deleting, or changing files that are on your computer.
The point of a virus is destruction and general frustration.
A virus is not going to take anything from your computer or device, but will attempt to ruin your device or items on it.
Antimalware software performs much in the same way that antivirus software does, in that its purpose is to protect against, detect, and remove any malware that has been downloaded onto your computer or your device. There is a difference between malware and viruses, however. A virus, while destructive, is not as dangerous to you as malware is.
Malware includes things like Trojans, phishing, rootkits, and sometimes viruses as well. Malware has many forms and many ways to do harm against you or your computer, including destroying things on your device or removing things from your device in an effort to steal your information or hold items ransom in order to receive a monetary compensation from you. Antimalware software is designed to defend you against malware so nothing like that happens to you or your computer or any other device.
There are some differences when you are looking to purchase antivirus and antimalware software. A common misconception is that antivirus software can protect against malware and that antimalware can protect against viruses, but really this is not always the case and it could open you up to attacks by taking for granted that one type or the other is going to keep you safe from everything. The situation gets murkier when you have software that calls itself antivirus when it really behaves as antimalware.
Viruses really had their peak in the 1990s and while they still exist in today’s world, they are the minority of things that can actually hurt your devices. Different forms of malware are more dangerous and destructive than a standard virus. But the bottom line is that some antimalware protects against viruses.
When you are shopping for a reliable kind of antivirus or antimalware software, the first thing that you need to look at is how thorough the protection that software is offering actually is. Software like Avast, which is an antivirus software, does offer protection from some forms of malware as well. Then you have McAfee, which is an antimalware company, and offers protection from malware, which they say also includes viruses. When you are trying to determine what you would like to use, you need to read what specific kinds of malware are included to make sure you are getting the most thorough protection possible. It is also important to note that some types of protection that are free or inexpensive do not protect you in every way possible and the more money you spend to upgrade the protection, the more protection they will offer.
There are a few things that you can look for when you are shopping for protection in order to help you decide what is right for your specific needs. These are the features that you should be looking at.
A common question, given the amount of time that we spend using our smartphones and tablets, is whether we can or should use antivirus or antimalware software on our mobile devices. The answer is not completely straight forward. If you use an Android or Google device, you can download software to protect your device from receiving a virus or other malware. If you use an Apple device, you cannot.
Apple states that its iOS is protected against malware and viruses well enough that more software is not warranted. They also do not allow you to download things onto your phone or device that could alter the operation of the device.
We have spent a bit explaining how antivirus and antimalware software protects you from malicious activity, but we should also look at how the malware can get to you to begin with. There are many outlets that could lead to malware and viruses to infect your computer and devices. Malware architects are tricky and will use sneaky ways to get you to download malware onto your computer.
One of the most essential things that you must remember once you have selected your antivirus or antimalware software is that you must keep it up to date. It is foolish to assume that once the software is installed that you are good to go.
Malware and viruses are an ever-changing thing and the software against them have to also be ready to evolve and change in order to ensure that you will be protected against the newest forms of malware as well as the malware that is already known about.
Cybercriminals are savvy and skilled as well as incredibly persistent in their endeavors. So as we get smarter in defenses, they look for new ways to cause harm.
Hey, it's Tomas here! I'm the founder and chief editor here at BlueGadgetTooth. After spending hours explaining my parents how to hook up their Internet, why it's being so slow etc. I decided to start this blog to help people with their gadgets and questions about technology.