Antivirus software programs remain prominent in the tech market, but fewer people are buying them, despite the fact that scammers are more active than ever, and newer and more innovative ways to harvest personal data continue to emerge. This article explores the reasons why many appear to have lost faith in antivirus software but also why it still has a role to play in keeping you safe online. The expansion of the internet In times gone by, antivirus software was the only defence against unwanted entities making their way into your device. However, these days, internet powerhouses such as Google and Facebook actively fight this themselves, and the positive effects of this trickle down to make the net safer for everyone else. Clearly, these giants of the internet have far more power to tackle viruses that the likes of Norton and AVG Ultimate which are often sold along with a new PC. So you may wonder what I’m getting with AVG Ultimate, for example. Is Antivirus Software Still Needed?
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Compared to 10 years ago, I see a fraction of viruses on computers these days. The majority of infections that I encounter are malware, adware, and ransomware. However, I would recommend using at least a free antivirus.