Difference between Antivirus and Internet security

The “Antivirus” and “Internet Security” are the software that protects the user from malicious programs by blocking and removing them. There are some similarities and dissimilarities between them. One of the major differences is that Antivirus protects the computer from viruses whereas, Internet Security provides protection from spyware, viruses, phishing, spam, and email attachments.

Antivirus application that most people can remember it simply scanned for the signatures of any virus that it knows. It cannot prevent any virus that it does not recognize later on features like heuristics were added it is a method of monitoring the activities of a specific program and deciding whether it behaves like a virus. It would then alert the user and ask for the best course of action. Though, it might not be 100% accurate, it provides more security compared to the old method.

The auto-update feature present in the Antivirus software helps to protect the computer from the new viruses as soon as they are discovered, as the Anti-virus software providers research emerging threats in a consistent manner. It searches the hard-disk, and external media for virus and removes it if found. If the document turns to be malicious, it is deleted or repaired. AVG, Avast, Norton, Kaspersky are some of the antivirus software that keeps our system safe.

Examples of Antivirus: There are countless antivirus programs available on the Internet. Free and paid solutions perform at varying degrees of success. Examples of antivirus programs are Panda Antivirus, Avast Antivirus, Bitdefender Antivirus Free Edition, Avira Free Antivirus and AVG Antivirus. These examples are free and offer very basic security features. Paid solutions are also available such as Bitdefender Antivirus Plus, McAfee Antivirus Plus, Symantec Norton Antivirus Basic, Kaspersky Antivirus, and F-Secure Antivirus. The paid antivirus programs often offer more features, regular updates, and even support services.

On the other hand Internet security is not single program, but is usually composed of more than one application that aims to provide total protection to its user. Internet Security has the antivirus feature as well as some other features. It deals with protection and privacy against viruses, phishing, spyware etc. It also deals with all internet threats and cyber attacks. Internet security includes firewall, features of antivirus, email protection and parent control. Internet security deals with the protection of data, sent over the Internet.

In a similar way the internet works, such as when a user visits a website, the message is transmitted from the websites to the user (vice-versa) passes through other different devices. Information travels through the internet in an insecure manner. As a result, the users’ message can easily be eavesdropped or tampered with on every device. However, to counter this the encryption is used, but encrypted data can also be decrypted. This is the reason we use “Internet Security”. It protects the data that is sent over the Internet, such as credit card number, passwords, online communication, financial details, photographs and bank account details.

Examples of Internet Security: The ever-increasing number and varieties of threats are becoming a significant concern among security specialists, businesses, and consumers. Examples of Internet security suites are Kaspersky Total Security, Bitdefender Total Security, Norton Security Premium, Trend Micro Internet Security, F-Secure Safe, and ESET Smart Internet Security These examples offer core security applications such as antivirus, malware, real-time protection, and system monitoring tools.

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