Needs And Benefits Of Updating Antivirus Software
Are you aware of the need and benefits of updating the antivirus software installed on your PC?
Antivirus are specific software used to prevent, detect, and remove malware, including computer virus, worms, and Trojan horses. Some programs might also prevent and remove adware, spyware and other forms of malware. Computer viruses are software program which interferes with the computer operation or spread them to other computers through the Internet. The virus will hack your system information and data stored in the computer and damage them. There are types of virus attacks for which you might not find any existing signatures. To counter such zero-days threat there is an antivirus called heuristics. To prevent viruses, you have to update the antivirus software regularly. The key benefit of installing and updating an antivirus is to prevent virus attacks which can damage your PC. By updating antivirus regularly, you could get the latest virus definitions to protect your PC from the newest viruses and spyware. It could also protect valuable data on your PC. The different antiviruses are avast!, Norton, AVG Software, McAfee, etc.
Following points will help you to update your antivirus software:
- Verifying Computer Status
- Checking the Antivirus Software
- Checking the Antivirus Status
- Manual Updating
Verifying Computer Status
To update the antivirus software you might need to do a verification process. In this process of verifying computer status, you might see an icon of an antivirus on the system tray. You need to right click on the icon to run the latest updates and when the updates are completed you will see a pop-up text which reads “Computer status protected”. If the icon is missing in the system tray you can directly launch the antivirus icon from the desktop ‘Start’ menu and check for updates.
Checking the Antivirus Software
While updating the antivirus you need to open the antivirus icon on the desktop, and then check whether your antivirus is currently up-to-date through the status display. The interface of the antivirus software to check updates might be different according to the software installed. If the antivirus software shows that it is up-to-date and working, then the process is complete.
Checking the Antivirus Status
While checking the antivirus if you find that the status is inactive, then, you need to manually update it. For updating manually, you might have a command or a large button or tab on the system tray. For example in ZoneAlarm Security Suite, you first have to click on the ‘Antivirus spyware’ tab on the system tray and then, click on the update button.
If your software cannot connect with the Internet to download the updates, you might need to troubleshoot the connections or settings. If the software prompts you to download any updates do it immediately to keep the system protected. Check if the Internet connection is working properly in case the antivirus software is not updating. You cannot update an antivirus without an Internet connection.
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