In all my years of working on computers since I was 4 years old, beginning with my father who also worked on computers. One thing has always made me smack my head harder than anything. How so many individuals, and offices of all kinds do not pay for Anti-Virus. I have walked in to so many offices, and especially doctors offices that are infected to high hell because they do not want to pay for Anti-Virus. Free Anti-Virus I have found to be at best 70% effective in catching malicious things. I have always favored deploying Eset Smart Security for home and business, as I find it to be one of the most reliable suites.
Most offices use the very poor excuse of “saving money.” Let me explain why that is a poor excuse. 90% of the time you could avoid having a person come out to clean a computer of viruses by merely being proactive. Seeing as I charge anywhere from $50-$125/hr depending on the contract, and Eset Smart Security for 6 devices costs only $84.99 for a year as of right now. It’s really easy to explain why it is completely stupid to stick with free anti-virus that doesn’t get the job done completely.
In all honesty you should have a few tools in all of your networks.
- Anti-Virus (I recommend Eset Smart Security)
- Firewall (hardware one is best for Offices)
- Malwarebytes Anti-Malware (free version is fine if you manually run once a month)
- Microsoft Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit (EMET) this plugs a bunch of potential holes in Windows
If you are not paying for Anti-Virus you’re most likely infected unless you know what you are doing. I have become so familiar with computers I know the signs of an infected computer without even having to do a Virus Scan. So do yourself a favor, protect yourself.