Anti-virus (AV) is a protective software used to detect, prevent and remove malware (malicious software) that may include: viruses, Trojans, worms, key loggers, hijackers, dialers, and other codes that vandalise or steal your computer contents.  As well as detecting and preventing malware, Anti-Virus software can incorporate new protective programs to address newly discovered viruses. 


The internet, email, memory sticks, remote users’ laptops, CDs, all play a part in increasing exposure to such attacks.  Anti-virus software is the back bone of your protection; it examines what is being introduced and checks it against a database of known malware that is continually being updated.  If a match is found, the malware is blocked.


AV can be installed on endpoint devices, servers, email gateways, and firewalls.


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