Antivirus Software

What does anti-virus software do?
Although details may vary between packages, anti-virus software scans files or your computer’s memory for certain patterns that may indicate a disease. The designs it looks for are based on the signages, or meanings, of known viruses. Virus authors are always releasing updated and new viruses, so it’s vital that you have the latest definitions installed on your computer.

What happens if the software finds a virus?
Each package has its own system of response when it finds a virus, and the response may differ based on whether the program locates the virus through an automatic or a manual scan. Sometimes the software will create a dialog box alerting you that it has found a virus and asking if you want it to”clean” the file (to remove the virus). In other cases, the program may try to remove the virus without asking you first. When you pick an anti-virus package, familiarize yourself with its features so you know what to expect.

There are many vendors who create anti-virus applications, and deciding which one to choose can be perplexing. All antivirus software performs the identical function, so your choice may be driven by recommendations, particular features, availability, or cost.

Installing any anti-virus applications, no matter which package you select raises your level of security. Be careful, however, of email messages claiming to add anti-virus applications. These messages, supposedly from the ISP’s technical support department, contain an attachment that claims to be anti-virus software. However, the attachment itself is actually a virus, so you might become infected by opening it (see Using Caution with Email Attachments for more information).

How do you get the current virus information?
This procedure may differ depending on what product you choose, so find out what your antivirus software requires. Most anti-virus bundles include an option to automatically get updated virus meanings. Since new information is added regularly, it’s an excellent idea to take advantage of the option. Resist believing email chain letters that assert a renowned anti-virus vendor has recently discovered the”worst virus in history” which will ruin your computer’s hard disk. These emails are often hoaxes (see Identifying Hoaxes and Urban Legends for more information). You may confirm virus information through your antivirus vendor or through sources provided by other anti-virus vendors.

Whilst installing anti-virus software is among the easiest and best ways to secure your computer, it has its own limitations. As it depends on signatures, anti-virus software can only detect viruses that have signatures installed on your computer, therefore it’s necessary to keep these signatures current. You will continue to be vulnerable to viruses that circulate before the antivirus sellers add their signatures, so continue to take additional safety precautions also.

Configure Anti-Virus Software
Stacks put in a significant number of documents because they include all dependencies and servers needed for conducting the bundled Web program. If you’re installing an antivirus program on a Windows machine that has an anti-virus representative enabled, this may slow down the installation considerably, and there’s also a possibility that some servers (Web server or database server) may be obstructed by the anti-virus applications.

Add Firewall Exceptions
If you have Windows Firewall enabled by default, this alert may appear if the servers have been launched. The servers need network access if you would like to get into the Bitnami program from different computers on your same local network. When the antivirus software also has firewall capabilities, check the default ports for the servers aren’t blocked. Based on the antivirus heap in use, open the right ports on your firewall.