The Internet is an ever-changing entity. There are countless number of web pages, web programs, and software. Unfortunately, there are some who would use their technological ability to sabotage Internet users. Since technology is always changing, the types of viruses that are loosed upon the Internet are always changing, as well. Antivirus software is frequently updated to be able to provide your computer and information stored on your computer protection from attack.
Antivirus software provides Internet users with a wide variety of protection. There are two main ways that antivirus programs will work to offer this protection: automatic scans and manual scans. High-quality programs will offer its users both. Automatic scans will automatically scan your files at a time set by you, usually on a daily or weekly basis. Manual scans allow you to scan any documents, emails, or programs that you place on your computer before they are opened or added to your system.
Computer and technology protection has evolved to include anti-spyware protection, as well. There are two main ways that programs will identify viruses: the virus dictionary identification that compares files with a database of known viruses, and the suspicious behavior approach, which will monitor programs to verify whether any of them attempt to write data.
If and when a virus is found on your computer, different antivirus programs will react in different ways. Some will provide you with the option of removing the virus; others will perform an automatic removal of the virus from your system. It's important to remember that antivirus software doesn't provide your computer with absolute protection against viruses. Malicious coders are always updating their viruses. If your computer is infected by one that hasn't been added to your antivirus software program files, the software will not recognize the virus and your computer could get infected.