Anti-Virus & Anti-Malware Monitoring
April 01, 2020
The main purpose of Anti-Virus and Anti-Malware software is, of course, to protect the computer from getting a virus or infected with malicious software. Nivek Group has partnered with Webroot. Webroot helps protect a Server and/or workstation (End-Point) by scanning downloads and attachments for viruses and malicious software, and by running in the background when the End-Point is connected to the Internet. Should an End-Point come across a virus or malicious software, the program will warn the End-User and give the option of getting rid of it before it infects.
Webroot, like all Anti-Virus & Anti-Malware programs, cannot and will not catch 100% of the viruses and the malicious software. With this in mind, Nivek Group utilizes many tools to help clean and remove any kind of virus or malicious software. Webroot is one of the leading applications on the market and used by most service providers; therefore, Nivek Group will put most of the trust in with them.
Webroot comes with a scanning function. With this, we can do a thorough scan of an End-Point and make sure it is not infected with anything that might be breaching your security or causing the End-Point to slow down.
Webroot has its own unique way in which it responds to threats and/or viruses found on an End-Point. It may quarantine the infected programs in case they are not really viruses, but rather something that may be needed for an End-Point to run smoothly. Usually, it will ask an End-User whether or not to delete the infected programs.
Webroot and many of the Anti-Virus and Anti-Malware programs are equipped and updated to protect the End-Point against spyware and adware, two scourges of the Internet world. These malicious programs enter an End-Point through a browser, usually as a result of pop-up ads or a bad Internet site. Webroot, and the programs alike, will usually block these pop-up ads, but if one gets through, the program will warn the End-User and let them eliminate the threat before it attacks the End-Point.
How it Works
Webroot and many of the paid Anti-Virus and Anti-Malware programs work through signature detection. The program keeps a (often updated) library of malicious programs and viruses. Whenever the software comes across a piece of suspected software, it will compare the signature on the file to its database. If it matches a piece of malicious software, the program will act accordingly.
Free vs Paid
Paid version Anti-Virus and Anti-Malware will usually keep their signature libraries updated on more regular basis. When they update their libraries, they will include all programs that fit their model of being classified as a virus or malicious software. The paid versions typically will not utilize much of the End-Point’s resources. The paid versions will learn the End-User’s habit and will most likely perform the in-depth scans at the times when the End-Point is not being used.
Free versions of Anti-Virus and Anti-Malware programs usually do not update their libraries that often. Most of the time, the makers of the virus or the malicious software will often make a donation to the providers for allowing their software to slip by their protection scans. Free versions will most often utilize much of the resources causing an End-Point to run slow. Even have the “trial period” has ended, it will still cause the End-Point to run extremely slow.