The most effective antivirus software provides robust protection against malware as well as several cybersecurity defenses and superior performance across all operating systems. It must also be light on your computer’s resources to ensure it doesn’t cause slowdowns or crash.
Traditional antivirus programs scanned for viruses by looking at the files as they were written to disk on devices or downloaded from the internet. The software can quarantine or remove a suspicious document to prevent the spread of malware. The software was good at combating basic viruses, but as malware threats grew rapidly over the past decade, it was unable to stop them and identify them.
EDR (Enterprise Endpoint Detection and Response) commonly referred to as antivirus replacements, uses an entire set of prevention technologies in order to stop and detect everything, from standard malware to new threats that have not been observed before. This method has been proven to be more efficient than traditional antivirus programs that use signature-based detection.
If you require an antivirus program depends on your level of basic sanity and how frequently you use your computer. If you visit shady websites and download pirated software, or have no other form of cybersecurity protection, an antivirus program is a must. In the same way, if you’re Mac user who only uses the app store only and maintains your security settings to a high level, you may be able to do without one. But all users should at a minimum consider purchasing an antivirus program to guard against phishing attacks.