When buying a brand new computer you will find that it comes with a pre-installed anti-virus program, which often has a trial period lasting anywhere from 30 to 90 days before a pop-up alerts you to shell out some more cash.
I have found that most clients do not know what to do when that pop-up window appears. They usually are thinking “Should I purchase this anti-virus program?”, “Is there something better out there?”, or “Can I just do without it and save the money?”.
First of all, you can’t do without it. There are so many malicious programs out there that it would be similar to going for a cruise without a life vest or life boat. You might make it, but it’s not worth the risk.
Next, you can probably do better than what they gave you. Norton and McAfee are the most common pre-installed anti-virus programs, but they are too expensive and they are too unruly. In other words, they have a tendency to slow down the speed of your computer and they are not the easiest to use.
So what do you look for in a program? You will need to find out if it can do the job without slowing down your computer and if it is easy to use. My two recommendations are AVG Free Anti-virus and Avast! Free Anti-virus. They are free to use and easily accessible via download. Yes, they have a 30 – 60 day trial, but upon that period you have a choice of buying the full version or using a slim down version of the program for as long as you want. You will still receive the necessary updates, and the occasional promotional pop-up, but it will do a fine job. When you get accustomed to it and you think you need the other bells and whistles, then you can buy it at that point as well.
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David Goes has more than 20 years of experience in the financial services and computer industry. He holds a Bachelors degree in Computer Information Systems with cum laude designation. His expertise is in providing computer solutions that deliver business value and personal efficiency through database management, computer optimization, and online marketing.