What is security software?

Security software can refer to virus protection software, as well as software to remove unwanted adware and spyware. Although in the past these were typically marketed and sold as separate software programs, today's applications usually protect against both viruses and adware/spyware.

Security software usually includes a real-time protection feature that attempts to stop potentially harmful programs before they infect your computer, and also scans your computer for such threats. The programs requires regular updating to remain effective against new malicious applications.

Note:
For personal computers running Windows 8.x and higher, UITS recommends the Windows Defender antivirus suite, which comes as part of the operating system. For Windows 7, UITS recommends Microsoft Security Essentials, available free of charge from Microsoft. Be sure to have only one antivirus program installed.

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Last modified on 2013-08-26.

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