Antivirus Software For Small Businesses

A good antivirus program guards against malware infections and eradicates existing threats, or attacks on specific computer systems, networks, or entire IT systems. The programs scan websites and files, installed software and user data to parse for malware types that are known to exist; they also monitor day-to-day software behavior to detect possible threats and alert users.

Most antivirus protections offer a variety of scanning techniques including scheduled, quick and on-access scans. On-access scans seek out malicious code in the directories of the operating system, common file areas, and other common locations upon startup. Scheduled scans allow you to create a daily, monthly or weekly schedule to run a comprehensive system scan at a specified time. The scans are usually quick and last less than a minute and focus on commonly used areas on your computer, such as temporary files or the operating system directory.

Certain programs employ heuristic detection to detect malware by looking for similar trends or patterns. This is a more sophisticated type of virus detection in comparison to signature-based detection, and can detect malware that other programs do not. These advanced forms of antivirus detection may not work as well for small businesses, as they are often prone to false positives–identifying secure parts of files and programs as potentially harmful.

As the business world is becoming more interconnected, hackers are targeting companies more frequently to collect consumer information or to make a name for themselves through hacktivism (disrupting professional systems for social or political reasons). It is vital for all types of businesses to have in place to guard against these cyberattacks and keep your company and its customers protected.