Malware

Is “Free” really free when it comes to Anti-Virus or Anti-Malware?

I love benefiting from the free use of so many different software products available nowadays. I Google things for information, I use free Apps to organize life, track exercise, keep grocery lists, etc. I use free versions of streaming to listen to music and podcasts. The only real cost of these free options is putting up with the advertisements aimed at me, which is fine with me.

When the subject matter is deploying an Anti-Virus and Anti-Malware on my computer, what is the point of paying for them when there are products available that come with no price tag?

What Are the Solutions – Buyer Beware!

First let’s consider some of the solutions that are out there, and then let’s take a look at the true costs associated with that exciting potential of “free”.

Some of the free anti-virus solutions available are actually hidden little monsters themselves. Once they convince you to download them, they find a home in your system and begin their malicious work scanning your computer, mining your data, and installing bugs.

Other free anti-virus or anti-malware products are indeed what they say they are, but once they sniff out your computer’s garbage, you’ll be charged to have them remove it.

“Free antivirus applications aren’t what they used to be. Free antivirus companies are now bundling adware, spyware, toolbars, and other junk to make a quick buck.
In other words, free can come with a price tag heftier than the cost of deploying a trusted solution in the first place. If you are determined to use a free product, you’d better spend some time researching the right one for you. Consider the value of your time when evaluating the cost of free.” – How- To Geek

And what if you unwittingly choose one of the products that is masquerading as a protection but is indeed maliciousness itself? Now the cost to you sky rockets as you spend the money on fixing the new problem as well as losing time while your computer is out of commission being treated for the problem.

Fidelis recommends good, better and best solutions to help prevent these types of nasty problems. Our Good/Better/Best solutions are provided to help your organization choose your best solution based upon your budget and other business drivers. We are always available to consult with you to determine the optimum solution for you. Click here to see the Good/Better/Best options we suggest:

ICT Security: Good, Better and Best Chart

While I will continue to gladly make use of the free software I get for fun and entertainment, I will always spend the few dollars it costs to protect my PC with a trusted product.



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