Paid and free antivirus
There are two main types of antivirus software available: paid and free. Many major security brands, including Avast, Bitdefender, and Kaspersky, offer a free version to tempt you. Still, you might be surprised that both the free and paid versions share the same core antivirus engines and provide the same malware protection.
The implementation of antivirus is simple
The first step is to check if you have any antivirus software installed. Open “Settings” and click on “Applications.” Check the list and uninstall antivirus packages, as they can cause problems.
Windows Defender will be automatically disabled when you install other security software.
Next, decide which antivirus you want to use and download it from the manufacturer’s website.
Installation process on Windows
Once the file is saved, double-click on its name in the bar at the bottom of the screen (while still in the browser) or go to the downloads folder and double-click on the file. If you can’t see it right away, click the Date column (in Details mode, which you’ll find in the View menu at the top of the window) to sort the files by most recent date to oldest (if you see which is the other way around click on the column a second time to change it).
You will then be presented with a window indicating that the software wants to make changes to your system; this is a normal part of the process so click OK, and then the Install option will appear.
Before you begin, check for checkboxes on the screen, as free versions may require additional installation of secure web browsers, partner software, or permission to share your data with advertisers. These aren’t necessarily bad things, but make sure you know what you agree to before you click Install.
When the program has finished its installation process, you’ll usually be asked a few questions about upgrading to other related products. Still, you can always do this later or not at all.
That is all. You have now upgraded your security. Take the time to explore the software’s various features and whether you need to set up regular scans or if the suite does it automatically.
Don’t let your guard down.
However, remember that while you may have virus protection, that doesn’t mean you can let your guard down online. There are many other ways hackers can gain access to your data, so be sure to protect yourself against other security intrusions.