Antivirus with Todd A. White


>>Todd: I’m Todd White from ProServ Software
and Support, and today we’re gonna take a moment to Talk Tech. This episode is “antivirus”. [music introduction] Okay, I’m always asked about being
protected online. The producer of this show thought it’d be a good idea to bring up antivirus,
and what would happen if she had two copies of antivirus running on her server or computer
at the same time. Here’s my take on antivirus: I think everyone
needs to have antivirus, and there’s a couple different companies out there. I can’t suggest
one, because whatever I say, someone else is gonna tell you something different. We all have our own favorites. Here’s what to think about: are the free ones
actually providing enough protection? Are the paid ones costing me money to protect
something that I don’t need? And can I run two on my computer, in case I want to be extra
safe? So here’s how it works. When you’re running
two antiviruses together, let’s just suppose I’m going to use two free versions, when they
install they’re both doing a thing called “active scanning”. When you download a file,
as soon as that file’s done, antivirus starts to scan that file; that’s active scanning.
You don’t have to do anything, it’s doing it for you. If you have two versions of antivirus on your
computer, and they’re both active scanning, then what happens is once the file is downloaded
two different softwares try to scan the file at the same time, leaving less-than-desirable
results. Actually, it could corrupt the file and could
probably harm the OS, depending on what you’re downloading. Think about it this way: when you get the
flu shot, you are getting the flu definitions. And what that’s doing is letting your body
start to fight against that so that if you do get that virus, your body already knows
how to handle it. Look at antivirus as the same way. Antivirus uses definitions to combat
the viruses coming in. If I install two versions, they should have
their own definitions. This virus might think that these definitions are the virus. So the
two actually kind of cancel each other out. You’re doing more harm than good. So stick with one choice of antivirus, whatever
it is that you wish, get the full version. And there’s other things you can do to keep
safe. One, make sure your operating system is always
up-to-date. If you have a Microsoft operating system, Microsoft offers online updates. If
you’re running Windows 10, that actually is not an option for you, it does it automatically. Two, make sure your virus definitions are
up-to-date. ‘Cause even if you bought the antivirus, your definitions are updated as
the manufacturer finds the new threats. And three, run a firewall of some sort. All
of Microsoft operating systems, from XP Service Pack 3 all the way up to the latest release,
which currently is 10 in the desktop version, has the firewall protection built in. If you
have the firewall turned on, your antivirus up-to-date, and your operating system up-to-date,
you’re gonna be safe on the Internet. As long as you don’t do something silly and
say, “Oh my God, I just got an email saying I’ve won a million dollars in the Australian
lottery!”. Don’t click the link! Another tip is to do something to help combat
malware. These are little tools that get in that antivirus doesn’t necessarily hit, because
it’s not a virus, it’s more of an advertising network that delivers ads to you, probably
unwanted. Some tools to think about are ADW Cleaner,
Spybot Search & Destroy, and Malwarebytes. All can be found in the notes in our show. You can also pick up a handy little tool called
CCleaner that cleans your temporary files where most of your viruses build. That’s just a tip from us at ProServ Software
and Support. If you like what you see, please subscribe to our show. Tell your friends about
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