Firewall Anti-virus Scan
How can a firewall affect the performance of the antivirus scan?
A lot of people spend hours connected to the web every day. And if you are one of them, perhaps you might consider the importance of having a firewall and antivirus program installed. Every time your computer logs on to the Internet, it opens up opportunities for viruses and malicious software to come in and cause damage to your system. A firewall and antivirus scan is your best weapon against these intruders.
A firewall acts like a filter, monitoring the communications that go in and out of your system through the web. It determines whether or not it will allow the downloading or installation of a particular program. The firewall is also very sensitive of malicious websites, giving the user warnings so they will not be clicked on.
An antivirus scan checks the computers files and drives, detects infected portions, and tries to quarantine or repair any damage. Antivirus programs are updated regularly, just so they are fully capable of finding newer viruses, Trojans, worms, and other bad files.
A lot of PC users run a firewall and antivirus scan together, but how can these two programs affect each other? Here are some possible scenarios:
- Double the security
- Delays anti virus updating
- Slower PC performance
Double the security
Firewall and antivirus scans should work hand-in-hand to protect your PC. While the firewall monitors what goes in and out, the antivirus program keeps malicious software in check. Thus, they both allow for a safe and productive web surfing experience.
Delays antivirus updating
Antivirus programs have an automatic update, which is usually initiated every day during system startup. However, if the firewall is turned on, it will not automatically allow the program to update, often prompting the user to approve or deny it.
Slower PC performance
In some cases, if the firewall and anti virus scan software are from different manufacturers, having them both on at the same time can slow down the PC. There are, however, good combinations of firewall and antivirus scans that work well together, without hampering PC performance.
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