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What is Antivirus?

Computers are so vulnerable that one click could end your computer’s life. Why is that? There are plenty of hackers out there who will do everything they can to be granted access to your computer. The primary way is through viruses. Once downloaded, it’s almost impossible for a newbie tech to exterminate the virus. However, you can protect your computer from encountering such a detrimental experience. It’s through antivirus software. Antivirus software provides security and protection against malware and viruses that could and will threaten your computer. 

Antivirus is a type of software for computers that searches through files to hunt and identify potentially dangerous files. Upon finding these files, you can choose actions to take regarding them. Additionally, antivirus software protects your computer from downloading dangerous files by having options to run a scan through the downloaded files and flag it. 

Blue Screen of Death (BSOD)

Blue screen of deaths is the most common way a computer tries to prevent a virus from spreading. For example, when a Windows computer experiences a critical error, which a virus could cause, it will force itself to automatic troubleshooting—viruses corrupt files, starting with a software problem but eventually becoming a hardware problem. 


“When I consider antiviruses, I take into account the availability of the software, such as whether it’s free,” said Sahibjot Singh. 

There are various antivirus software out on the web. However, some come with a price or subscription. Most people want antivirus software to last long, which affects their mentality to choose free over paid antivirus software. 

“I wouldn’t want to purchase antivirus software from a third-party service when my computer comes with Microsoft Windows Defender Security System. Since it’s a free software that already came with my Windows device, the system is trustworthy enough for me,” said Koshy.

All Windows devices come with a built-in antivirus software: Microsoft Windows Security. Users believe this is all the protection they need from the dangerous web. Microsft Windows Security has all the necessary files installed for the antivirus software to work at its full potential. Not only does Windows Security have virus and threat protection, but they also have other functions that protect you in almost every application you use.

It’s good that Windows has a built-in antivirus software that protects itself from getting your files corrupted. Blue screens of deaths always scare people because viruses are the first thing they think caused it. A quick tip: run quick scans on your computer periodically to ensure your computer is safe from viruses.

Niyaz Khan

Hello, my name is Niyaz Khan and I am a journalist for the technology section on The Edison Light. I am a junior enrolled in the Robotics program. Programming, coding and designing robots has always been an interest of mine and I want to see the future development of technology. I will inform you of any new and interesting technology.