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Choosing anti-virus software

Anti-virus solutions differ in effectiveness and the range of malware types they cover. Before choosing an anti-virus product, consider product reviews. Look on reputable and trustworthy websites or magazines.

At a minimum, all anti-virus software should provide:

  • protection and detection capabilities for malware, adware and spyware
  • comprehensive anti-virus scanning. 

Some anti-virus products may also include:

  • a site adviser so your browser alerts you when visiting a suspicious or dangerous website
  • malware protection with an integrated firewall. 

If you install an anti-virus product that has firewall functionality, you may need to disable your operating system's built-in firewall. See your anti-virus and operating system vendor for more details.

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