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The danger of viruses and why to buy paid antivirus package.



Nowadays everybody prefers to use online methods for purchasing their good. Why? Because it is convenient! You pay your bills online, you shop online, your monthly subscriptions are online and a lot more. Computer virus have been around since the internet began. Every week new virus are launched in the virtual world and they are becoming more and more complex with each and every day. 

 

How do you get infected with viruses?

Most of the common folk get infected with viruses by downloading data or software from suspicious websites, opening email attachments, suspicious greeting cards, clicking on flashy links and you can even contract a virus just by browsing through a bad website.

What do computer viruses actually do?

Computer viruses can delete your personal files like valuable documents, pictures, and video file. They can make your system unstable and slow. Also, they can steal your credit card details, paypal login details and online banking credentials.

Top 3 Computer Viruses ever.
Source: The 10 most destructiveviruses of all time

CIH (1998)

Estimated Damage: 20 to 80 million dollars worldwide, countless amounts of PC data destroyed
Unleashed from Taiwan in June of 1998, CIH is recognized as one of the most dangerous and destructive viruses ever. The virus infected Windows 95, 98, and ME executable files and was able to remain resident in a PC's memory, where it continued to infect other executables.

Melissa (1999)

Estimated Damage: 300 to 600 million dollars
On Friday, March 26, 1999, W97M/Melissa became front-page news across the globe. Estimates have indicated that this Word macro script infected 15 to 20 percent of all business PCs. The virus spread so rapidly that Intel (NSDQ:INTC), Microsoft (NSDQ:MSFT), and a number of other companies that used Outlook were forced to shut down their entire e-mail systems in order to contain the damage.

LOVEYOU (2000)

Estimated Damage: 10 to 15 billion dollars
Also known as Loveletter and The Love Bug, this was a Visual Basic script with an ingenious and irresistible hook: the promise of love. On May 3, 2000, the ILOVEYOU worm was first detected in Hong Kong. The bug was transmitted via e-mail with the subject line "ILOVEYOU" and an attachment, Love-Letter-For-You.TXT.vbs. Similar to Melissa, the virus mailed itself to all Microsoft Outlook contacts.

The virus also took the liberty of overwriting music files, image files, and others with a copy of itself. More disturbingly, it searched out user IDs and passwords on infected machines and e-mailed them to its author.


I have been infected, now what?

If you have been infected and you don’t have an antivirus package, then buddy you are in a lot of trouble. The safest way to get rid of viruses in my opinion is to format (delete EVERYTHING) from your hard disk, reinstall Windows, reinstall your Drivers, reinstall your Software, Games and everything else you use. It is obvious that this costs a lot of time and energy to accomplish. Not everybody has the skills to format and reinstall Windows too. 

If you have a paid antivirus package, you can clean your system using that package. In some cases the virus is so malicious that it is difficult for it to be safely removed. In that case, you can contact the Support Team and get personal help in safely removing the virus from your system. This is a huge advantage with paid antivirus packages since it will save you a lot of hours, hours that you would have spent on reinstalling software.

Free VS Paid Antivirus Software

Free antivirus software package usually have the bare minimum protection. Some of them even have advanced futures like Firewall but even those futures are limited to the bare minimum. If you want to browse securely and be safe from infestation, then you need to buy an antivirus package.

Pros and Cons for Free Antivirus

Pros
Cons
-        Its free
-        Limited Functionality

-        No support if your computer becomes infected

-        Ugly ads



Leave a comment with Pros and Cons for paid antivirus packages.

Want to know what I use? 

Currently, I use AVG Internet Security 2013. I like it because it is lightweight which means that It does not need a lot of resources to run, and it is packed with futures like Identity Protect, Firewall, and toolbar which tells your of known bad websites. It also automatically scans your incoming and outgoing emails, and it provides regular updates. 

In the past I have used the current Number 1 antivirus package called Norton Internet Security and I definitely recommend it. The reason I switched to AVG though is because at the time I did not had a powerful computer like I do now and this is one of the reasons why I switched.