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How to Set Up and Use Antivirus Software on Your Computer



How to Set Up and Use Antivirus Software on Your Computer

Every time you turn around, there’s some sort of virus threatening to ruin your data, computer, and bank account balance. Whether it’s a phishing scam making its way through your inbox or a piece of malicious software that gets past all your firewall defenses, it’s a good idea to have something protecting your computer. This article will guide you through the process of setting up and using antivirus software on your computer.

Steps to Set Up and Use Antivirus Software on Your Computer

  • Install antivirus software.
  • Make sure the software is up to date.
  • Set your computer to automatically update the antivirus software.

If you don’t have antivirus software and want to protect your computer against malware, you can use any of these free options:

Get Your Computer Ready for Antivirus Software

You should start by getting your computer ready for antivirus software. There are a few things you need to do before installing an antivirus program on your computer:

  • Delete unwanted programs (such as toolbars and browser add-ons) that may be slowing down your system
  • Update the operating system and install the latest updates (including security patches)
  • Install a firewall that protects against unauthorized access to or from your computer in the form of malicious hacking attempts or other cyberattacks

Some antivirus programs also have additional features, such as anti-malware protection and password management tools. These additional features can help protect against other types of malware besides viruses like spyware, adware, rootkits, worms, and Trojan horses. If these extra features are essential for you, then choose an antivirus package that provides them.

Find an Antivirus Software Program

There are two main types of antivirus software programs: paid and free. Both have their good and bad points, so deciding which suits you depends on your needs and budget.

Free Antivirus Programs


  • No cost upfront
  • Easy to install, doesn’t require a learning curve or technical know-how


  • Often not as effective at detecting malware as paid products in the long run (though some are pretty good)

Paid Antivirus Programs Pros:   Paid products offer more security protection and faster scanning speeds because they have more resources than free versions, but they also cost more money upfront! Cons: Some paid antivirus programs may still contain adware or spyware embedded within them (which could mean higher chances of being hacked).

Free antiviruses don’t contain these types of features since they aren’t trying to make money off users’ purchases—the only thing you need to worry about with these programs is whether or not they’ll protect your computer from malware/viruses. Like any other antivirus program would do!

Install Your New Antivirus Software

Installing your new antivirus software is one of the most critical steps. Make sure to follow these instructions carefully, and don’t be afraid to contact customer support if you have any issues.

Download the Antivirus Software From the Site (or Email) Where You Purchased It

Install it on your computer by following the prompts on the screen (you’ll probably be prompted to enter a serial number, which is usually located in an email).

Double-check that your antivirus is installed correctly by checking its menus and settings; make sure everything looks right before continuing with this guide! If there are any problems or errors when installing or using your antivirus software, contact customer service immediately so they can fix it for you!

Update Your Virus Scanner

If you’re using an antivirus software program to keep your computer safe, updating the virus scanner is essential. Most of these programs will automatically update themselves, but if not, you can check the settings tab and see where it says “update” or similar and click on that button to get the latest version.

If you don’t see an option for updating the scanner, you may need to install some additional updates before this feature becomes available (which should be automatic). It’s also worth checking if any other security programs are installed on your computer—most antivirus software programs come with built-in updaters for all installed software, including other security applications like firewalls and anti-spyware utilities. You should set these up, so they automatically update themselves as well when new versions become available:

  • Perform A Full System Scan
  • You can run a full scan of your computer by following the steps below:
  • Open the antivirus software’s interface and choose Scan.
  • Select Full System Scan, then click Next.
  • Click Start to begin your scan. This process will take some time, depending on how large your hard drive is and how many files are stored on it, so it’s best to schedule this task for when you’re not using your computer or mobile device.

Use Real-Time Protection

Real-time protection is a feature that automatically watches your computer for any signs of viruses or malware. It works in the background, scanning files as they’re opened and then alerting you if it finds anything suspicious. This can be extremely useful when dealing with already active viruses and malware. Still, it’s best to use it on all files because some infections may be hiding inside undetected.

  • To turn on real-time protection:
  • Open your antivirus software
  • Click on “Settings” or “Preferences” depending on the program’s layout
  • Navigate to “Security” (it may be called something else, though)
  • Choose “Real-Time Scanning” or a similar option to enable real-time scanning.

You Can Protect Your Computer by Using Antivirus Software

Be aware of the risks: You should always know what you are doing with your computer and how it can make you vulnerable to viruses, malware, and other malicious software programs. When online shopping or browsing social media sites, don’t click on links from strangers or those that seem suspicious—especially if they want you to download a file or open an attachment! If someone sends a message asking for personal information like your address or birth date, just delete it! If something feels fishy about a website you found online (like if there are spelling errors), look up reviews on Google before giving them any info—and never click on ads! This way, even if someone uses your name in an advertisement email sent out by an unknown spammer who got hold of their contact information through hacking into one business’ network system (which happens all too often), they won’t be able to do anything harmful because they don’t have any information about where exactly their targeted victim lives.

Ensure antivirus software is compatible with your computer: Antivirus programs require certain hardware features to work correctly on different operating systems (Windows Vista vs. Windows XP vs. Mac OSX Leopard vs. Linux). These programs need various operating system requirements; they also have different minimum hardware requirements depending on which features users want to be included when purchasing protection against viruses and malware attacks.

Space Requirements: Some antivirus applications require more space than others due to how many files are stored within each program.

Minimum System Requirements: Like other types of software designed specifically for use within computers worldwide; desktop versions require certain minimums, such as processor speed/RAM amount, etcetera, so that users won’t experience slowdowns while running important programs like Microsoft Word during everyday usage situations but especially after installing several apps at once which means more memory will be used up faster than average output speeds would allow under optimal conditions; this issue usually doesn’t happen too often.

Christian Edet is a movie and gaming freak. An experienced writer whose interests include games, cars, insurance, and tech provides relevant information to all interested. He graduated from Anglia Ruskin University, Chelmsford, United Kingdom, and studied Business Information Systems (BSc.)