Anti-virus software protects your computer from cyber viruses that can spread to your computer through email, instant messages, and file-sharing programs. These viruses can delete files or cause your computer’s programs to work incorrectly. They can also put unwanted text, video and audio messages on your computer.
A good anti-virus program will find and delete any virus that’s on your computer. They will also repair damaged files. Once your anti-virus software is installed, make sure you keep it up to date.
Try these reliable programs:
Using your anti-virus software is easy:
If your anti-virus program cannot repair an infected file, it may take one of the following actions:
If an infected file cannot be deleted, your virus-protection program will tell you what steps to take next.
Other ways to protect your computer from viruses:
The most common types of viruses are:
Trojans: A trojan is a downloadable program that looks like it’s good for your computer (like free virus protection) but is actually designed to damage your computer and steal your information.