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With businesses looking for new ways to cut costs all the time, it’s only natural that some companies will consider less than sensible means of reducing their bills. Doing away with antivirus software is a classic example of this. But before you make any rash decisions, consider the risks of not using virus protection.

If computers are an important part of your organisation’s operations and you don’t want to run into problems, internet security should be treated as an essential requirement, rather than a luxury. If you’re running computers without antivirus software, you may have a ticking time bomb on your hands. Unfortunately, viruses are still very much a part of online life today and the risk of your devices becoming infected is all too real.

Businesses can become complacent about internet security for a variety of reasons. For example, they may feel au fait with the world of online computing and falsely confident that they know how to avoid becoming infected in the first place. Companies that have never experienced the wrath of a computer virus may begin to feel immune from risk and, as a result, fail to renew their antivirus software. Such complacency can, and all too often does, culminate in nasty bits of malware code working their way onto computer systems. Far from scaremongering, this is the reality that is played out across the world every day.

What is a virus?

A computer virus is a malicious software program that can create, move and erase files, use your computer’s memory and cause it to malfunction. Some viruses can clone themselves and spread from one computer to another. Viruses are created by hackers for a number of reasons, including taking control of or disable computers or networks and to commit fraud, steal money or sensitive information. These malevolent pieces of code are often spread through email attachment and instant message. However, hackers are always developing creative new ways to infiltrate your systems. While it is useful for businesses to keep up to date with the latest malware methods, to give your company the best protection possible, it’s vital to invest in antivirus software.

What does antivirus software actually do?

Internet security software runs in the background on your computer, looking for activity which may have been carried out by a virus. If a threat is identified, it will attempt to neutralise it. When a user goes online, the software will look for the latest information on new threats. A user can also perform a full system scan to detect threats as and when they like.

There is a range of antivirus software options on the market today but it is important to remember that antivirus alone cannot completely prevent every type of cyber-attack. To maximise security, you may want to consider managed support systems that includes 24/7 system monitoring.

If you want to find out more about the antivirus options available to you or if you are looking for bespoke, managed IT support, you can phone or email one of our expert advisors for more information. You can also get in touch with your enquiry by completing our contact us form