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What is Malware Protection Software, and Why Does It Matter?

Many people would like access to your computer so they can sell the information. These people often use what’s referred to as malware to carry out their wishes. Setting up a good defense against these attacks is paramount. That’s where malware protection software comes in.

What Is Malware?

Malware is a general term for several categories of software. These pieces of software infiltrate your computer, often so they can send information back to the person using them. These come in the form of everything from viruses to worms. Fortunately, good people build malware protection software so that your computer is harder to break into.

Things to Look for in Malware Protection Software

Automated Scans

The number one feature you should look at in malware protection software is the automated scans. This category includes how often your computer will be checked, how in-depth these routine scans are, and what the software does with the threats. Scanning does no good if it doesn’t tell you about the dangers.

Additionally, you’ll want software that scans anything you download and your emails. These are the most common ways to get malware infections. Proactive scanning helps you stop infections before they start.

Privacy Policy

The next consideration brings you to examining the company’s privacy policy. Malware protection software analyzes every file on your computer. While you may have nothing to hide, it’s good to know the software you pick isn’t sharing your information. Things like your banking information and kids’ photos are best kept private regardless.

Speed

Speed is another critical consideration when it comes to choosing malware protection software. As the saying goes, if the cure is worse than the disease, no one will take it. If your selected malware protection software slows down your computer, you will be less inclined to let it do its job. You may even disable the software in frustration. Therefore, look for software that is designed for your situation and runs in the background smoothly.

Price

Price is always a consideration with software. Malware protection software varies, from free open source options to expensive international network options. For your personal use, you’ll need one that fits in your budget while still doing a stellar job. Many popular products have gone to a subscription model, so make sure to factor that ongoing cost into your decision. S

Control

While you may want to set up your malware protection software and forget it, sometimes that’s not an option. Being able to start scans when you feel something is wrong with the computer, for example, is invaluable. You should also be able to schedule deep scans, adjust scan frequency, and decide when the protection software updates. Otherwise, your computer may slow down considerably during the time you usually use it. 

Would You Like Some Help?

Picking the right malware protection software for you can be an overwhelming process. GrohTech is pleased to offer help for the selection and setup of malware protection software to our neighbors. We can even help without being in the room, so you stay safe during COVID-19.