McAfee® Antivirus Plus For Windows®Vista
As operating systems like Windows® Vista® become popular, hackers with malicious intent develop
Features and benefits of McAfee® Antivirus Plus for Windows Vista
viruses, Trojans and internet worms to cause harm to users using these operating systems by trying to exploit yet-to-be discovered loop holes. The antivirus needs to be extensive and exhaustive in its virus database and pro-active in finding out newer threats and blocking out suspicious behavior. Antivirus should also depend on behavior modeling and heuristic analysis to block 0 day exploits which are yet to be updated in virus signature databases. The antivirus should have compatibility with the various versions of Windows® Vista®. McAfee® Antivirus is a leading antivirus which is compatible on Windows Vista®.
The three areas of discussion are:
- Need for Security
- Key features of McAfee® Antivirus
- Issues with McAfee® Antivirus on Windows® Vista®
Need for Security
The Internet has become a minefield for new viruses and exploits which can enter the computer without any detection at all. The newest worms don’t just corrupt the host system data but also turn these hosts into zombie computers which are further used for spreading the worm. The antivirus should be pro-active and should be able to detect the 0 day viruses without an update on its signatures by behavior modeling and heuristic analysis. Email viruses can hack into address books and use that information for online impersonation and malicious mails. With new operating systems like Vista® and Windows® 7, new vulnerabilities are being discovered which need to be covered by the antivirus.
Key features of McAfee® Antivirus
McAfee® is one of the biggest names in security software, and their desktop antivirus, Virus Scan Plus is very competent. Virus Scan Plus includes protection from spyware, and includes an advanced 2-way firewall. McAfee® has a unique feature site advisor, through which users have access to continuous protection online with color-coded safety ratings for various sites. This feature works on links sent through Instant Messengers too. It has a silent full-screen mode which helps in uninterrupted full screen activities like movie watching and gaming. It has a secure file-shredder to permanently delete confidential files. It has a real-time defense engine, Artemis, to scan files as they download.
Issues with McAfee® Antivirus on Vista
McAfee® Antivirus has been known to have some issues with Windows Vista® Security Center. McAfee® has also failed the Virus Bulletin 100 certification on Windows® Vista® in 2007 due to update problems. Being very resource intensive, the antivirus ends up making the Vista® very slow.
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