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What is Antivirus?

Definition – What does Antivirus?

Antivirus Anti-virus or Anti-malware is a computer program used to prevent, detect and remove malware specially designed to detect and remove computer viruses. However, with the explosion of other kinds of malware, Antivirus program started to provide protection from the other computer threats. In particular, the latest Antivirus solution can protect from malicious browser help objects, browser hijackers, backdoors, worms, adware and all the other kinds of deadly stuff.

Glossary Web explains Antivirus

Most Antivirus solutions offer both automatic and manual scanning functions. The automatic scan may check all your downloaded files from the internet or disc that are introduced into the computer and files that are designed by software installers. The automatic scanning also scans the entire hard drive on a daily basis, and the manual scan option enables you to scan individual files or your entire system whenever you feel it is necessary.

Nowadays, new viruses are constantly being created by computer hackers, so the Antivirus programs must keep an updated database of virus types. All the database includes a list of virus definitions, which the Antivirus program reference when scanning files. Although Antivirus solutions are available for Windows, MacOs and Unix platforms, most antivirus is sold for Windows systems. This is because most verses are targeted towards Windows computers and therefore versus protection is especially important for Windows users.

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