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Antivirus: Important or unrequired cost?

by | Mar 21, 2022 | Blog, Cyber Security

What is Antivirus and is it really needed

The costs associated with having a computer seem never ending. There are the software licenses, insurances and to be safe antivirus. It is understandable that you may question the additional cost especially in a time when the price of goods everywhere are increasing. 

What is Antivirus? 

Antiviruses are a type of program designed and developed to protect computers from malware like viruses, computer worms, spyware, botnets, rootkits, keyloggers and so on. Antivirus programs are an approach to combat cyber security issues and stop threats before they cause your computer harm. 

What Do They Do? 

Antivirus programs scan in real-time your computer for any harmful files or data that can cause your device damage. Once detected and located, the program will remove the harmful data from your computer and add it to its own database as harmful content to help detect similar content. There are many ways that your computer can be harmed which is why we always recommend a big named brand.  

Why you need antivirus? 

Whether you are an infrequent or frequent user does not determine if you should or should not. You need to have a device that is safe and secure from attacks. If you use your device to handle sensitive information such as bank details or business data, you most certainly need to have robust attack prevention in place.  

Built in antivirus software 

While most devices now come with some antivirus software, it doesn’t guarantee that they are strong enough to withstand a hacking attempt. Just like stock speakers in a new car, the built-in version is usually of lower quality compared to the premium version. Programs like Windows Defender will find malware and viruses on your computer, but sometimes they won’t be able to remove them. Solid antivirus protection will not only be able to remove malware, but also protect your files against ransomware which is used by hackers to lock you out of your computer until you transfer the ransom money. 


When it comes to cyber safety, buying antivirus software is a small price to pay. The costs can be huge in both time and money fixing a breach that could have been prevented.  

It is worth noting that there has been a recent article about some products that should be avoided.

Germany warns against Russian anti-virus use – BBC News

If you having difficulty looking for the right product for your business or simply have any questions, please do give us a call. We are always happy to offer our advice. 

Contact us at info@bse-it.co.uk or 01284 247024 for a free audit and friendly discussion on how we can help.

Contact us at info@bse-it.co.uk or 01284 247024 for a free audit and friendly discussion on your business IT needs and how we can help.