Eight Ways Your Security Software Protects Your Computer

Your computer’s antivirus and anti-malware software is constantly at work, catching threats and flagging suspicious files that could infect your computer. This software, along with your computer’s firewall, is providing multi-layered protection from threats.

Here are 8 underrated benefits of your security software.

1. It Screens for Malware Sent as Email Attachments
Security software scans incoming email and attachments to warn the user of malware it detects. It may block the email and attachment automatically or ask the user if it should be blocked.

2. It Catches Malware Attached to Downloads
Before content is downloaded, your software scans for problems. If viruses and malware are detected, the download is quarantined for the user to review or remove.

3. It Scans the Hard Drive for Problems
Before content is downloaded, your software scans for problems. If viruses and malware are detected, the download is quarantined for the user to review or remove.

4. It Scans Programs as They Open to Find Embedded Viruses
Sometimes, viruses sneak their way into programs and infect your computer once you launch the program. Anti-virus and anti-malware prevents infected programs from opening, and quarantines them for review. Sometimes a corrupted program can be repaired, depending on the severity of the infection and capability of the software.

5. It Informs the User of Websites With a History of Viruses or Other Malware
The internet is filled with virus-infected, phishing and malware-embedded websites, which you might accidentally stumble upon during online searches. The software will flag these sites in the search engine listing, warning or preventing the user from opening the site.

6. It Scans Outgoing Information to Find Messages Sent by Spyware
If spyware has crept onto your computer, it might attempt to contact its creator to convey information for malicious use. Software firewalls can detect this and block the contact attempt.

7. It Scans Removable Media When it is Attached to the Computer
Software automatically scans flash drives and other removable media whenever they are connected to the computer to prevent viruses from being imported into your system.

8. It Keeps Hackers out
Software detects if hackers are trying to access your system by comparing outgoing requests for information with incoming information. If the hackers try to access a computer via incoming information without any outgoing request, it is detected by a firewall and blocked.

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