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You can set the “Live Update” feature to automatically update the so-called
“virus definitions,” and you should. We’ll talk more about virus definitions
below.
See www.symantec.com for more information on the current versions of Norton
branded antivirus and related security software packages.
McAfee is the other 800 pound gorilla in the antivirus software area.
Whereas Norton started with a Macintosh focus and has generally been
marketed to the consumer and pro-sumer as well as small business markets,
McAfee has had greater cache and success specifically in the business arena,
where they have often been the #1 choice. McAfee still offers numerous
“managed” virus prevention packages for larger companies as well as
standalone software geared to the home office and consumer markets. McAfee is
currently owned by Network Associates, the old official Internet registrar and
current Internet services firm.
See www.mcafee.com for more information on the current versions of McAfee
branded antivirus and related security software packages.
McAfee shopping hint: Try a Google search on “McAfee” and look for a listing that says
“official McAfee site.” This listing will sometimes have a special discount offer that takes
you to a URL that is not obvious from the main McAfee landing/home page!
But My ISP Includes Antivirus, Doesn’t It?
Many ISPs – Internet Service Providers, the people you contract with to get your
dial up, DSL, cable, or satellite connection – currently offer some level of virus
prevention that may be invisible to you, or may be optional but included
software.
This is great but it is usually not enough. For example, many of the free or low
cost Web based mail systems like Yahoo! and Hotmail offer pretty good virus
protection, so your email and its attachments are scanned. That’s helpful and will
eliminate many threats invisibly, but an email client, web-based virus checker
can’t do anything to stop viruses from entering your system through web page
downloads, which some viruses, particularly so called “Trojan horses” and
“worms” will often do.
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