The answer is yes! No matter how “careful” you are or how much “common sense” you use while on your device, you can always benefit from an antivirus software!
Most PC makers will have already preloaded the software as this is how they make their money, but is it fair that we feel pressured to oblige to this? Not really.. but the truth is that we should all have an antivirus software to protect things like; our personal data, prevent online bank attacks, protect identity fraud, and many other very important and personal things. These days, malware is the domain of organized crime looking to gather financial information and harness your computer for botnets (a network of private computers infected with malicious software and controlled as a group without the owners’ knowledge).
Some people believe that antivirus software is heavy and slows down your computer. This is certainly true for some antivirus programs. Older Norton and McAfee antivirus software suites were infamous for slowing down your computer more than actual viruses would. Even some modern antivirus programs are full of notifications and inducements to keep paying for a subscription and buy more expensive security suites, just as adware annoys you with requests to buy products.
However, things have gotten a lot better. Computers have become so fast that antivirus software doesn’t weigh them down like it used to. To help you out, here’s a list of the top 5 antivirus software available now..
- TOTAL AV ultimate antivirus 2018
- PC PROTECT antivirus pro 2018
- McAfee together is power
- Norton from symantec
- SCANGUARD security suite
So, we do still need antivirus software in 2018. It’s not necessarily to stop viruses anymore, but there are all kinds of miscreants out there who want nothing more than to steal and cause mayhem by getting inside your PC. It sounds scary, but because much of our lives are now conducted online, it’s not worth the risk.