Antivirus software is one of the most sold out of all computer software on the market today. With today's technology always reinventing itself antivirus software has to keep up with the latest technology to protect it. Antivirus software also has to keep up with the hackers and viruses, worm, Trojan and spyware inventors too. It seems the better we get at thwarting them, the better they get at trying to bypass our protective walls. Anyone who has gotten a virus will tell you it is not fun, so that is why it is very important in picking the right antivirus software for your computer.

Picking Out The Software
Being that there are so many antivirus software out on the market today, it can be hard to decide which one to purchase. When picking out your antivirus software it is important to know what you need from this software. Will this be for a home or office computer? For home you may be able to get by with a basic antivirus program. If you need one for an office computer you will definitely want a program that is aimed for more corporate levels. This leads us to our next tip.

Must Have Antivirus Software Features
When picking your antivirus software you will want to make sure the software program has the basic features which are.
Automatic updates
Hacker blocking
Email scanning
Manual or Automatic scanning (This means it should allow you to set and control how often you want your virus scan to run.)
Firewall (incoming and out coming)
Spyware detection and removal

Other things to take into consideration when purchasing as well is:

Speed - No one wants a virus scanner that take forever.
Detection Accuracy - You may want to look into how accurately the antivirus software you want is able to detect possible viruses.

Other Important Features
Here are some other features that you may want your antivirus to include and they are:

Parental Control Features- Some antivirus features this, not all though. If you have kids then it's definitely a feature you may want your antivirus to have if you do not have it already in some other form.

Technical Support - You may want antivirus software that offers technical support. Many antivirus software have this feature. Be aware though that some may charge a service fee for help of removal of a virus if you happen to get infected, so be sure to read all the fine print.

Easy Installation - Not everyone is a computer genius so you will want to make sure the antivirus you purchase offer easy guideline installation.
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