Antivirus Firewall Software Buying Guide

Before you set out paying for your subscription of your antivirus firewall software choice, you need to concern yourself with some important considerations first. It’s possible that the antivirus program may be top-of-the-line, but if it doesn’t suit your conditions, it’s practically of no use to you.

What are the foremost important things that you need to look into before purchasing your antivirus firewall software? There are at least three of such considerations. Each one is discussed briefly in this article.

The first thing to consider is whether your computer’s hardware contains the minimum requirements to run the security program. Different antivirus software applications require different hardware requirements. Some programs are actually memory hogs—they just eat up a lot of your computer’s physical memory. Other programs are truly processor hogs—they use up much of your processor power either while at an idle state or when actively scanning your drive. It is important that your computer at least meets the minimum hardware requirements of your security program. Ideally, your hardware should exceed the minimum required.

The second important thing to consider is whether your operating system is supported by your chosen antivirus application. If you’re running Linux variants or Unix, you would hardly need antivirus protection. But, if you’re using a version of Microsoft Windows, you would like to check for compatibility. Although most antivirus applications support all of the recent versions of Windows, you still would like to double check. You wouldn’t want to pay for an antivirus software program meant to run only on Windows XP or a program designed for optimal use only with Windows 7.

The third important thing you must consider is your security needs. Do you need only antivirus protection? Or do you also need a software firewall solution that monitors all incoming and outgoing network data? What about spyware and adware protection? Some programs are exclusively for antivirus scanning and removal, while others feature an all-in-one solution. If antivirus protection is your primary need, you’d probably want to subscribe to a stand-alone antivirus program and just use free anti-spyware, anti-adware, and firewall programs. Stand-alone programs are generally much cheaper than all-in-one suites. Also, stand-alone programs tend to be much more efficient than bundled security suites as the stand-alone program focuses on doing only the tasks that it was designed to do. Though, this is not the case in all security protection software programs.

There are other important factors that you need to consider when you shop for an antivirus protection program. This article discusses only three of the most important. Keep these factors in mind when you start looking for your antivirus firewall software application so that you will be guided accordingly.

Data Recovery Software And Specialists

Many people are unaware that just because their computer hardware has become damaged in some way does not mean that the data stored on the hard drive is irretrievably lost. There are in fact a number of companies that specialise in data recovery, no matter what the reason for the loss of information on the hard drive in the first place.

There are a number of different types of processes that are used to recover lost information on a variety of different computers and other data storage devices. These processes can differ according to the type of device as well as the operating system that was used on the device. One of these lost data processes is to restore sections or partitions of data that may have been deleted or lost whether intentionally or accidentally.

Recovering Deleted or Lost Partitions

The recovery of data partitions relies mainly on the use of a software program that finds the empty sections and then repairs or replaces the information that has been damaged, lost or deleted. This type of data recovery is aimed at recovery that was not caused by physical damage to the computer although it can be beneficial in some cases where physical damage to the hardware has resulted in deleted or lost partitions.

There are a number of different operating systems that have software programs designed to aid in the recovery of deleted or lost partitions. Some of these operating systems include DOS, Windows, Mac, UNIX and Linux as well as a few others that are commonly used on computers and other data storage devices.

Mac Recovery

Although there are many websites on the internet that offer free Mac data recovery software it is not recommended to use these programs unless you know what you are doing. Incorrect usage of some of these software programs can result in the permanent deletion or loss of partitions or other system information that is important to the functioning of your operating system. Rather find professionals who offer expert Mac data recovery and be sure that you are doing no damage in the process of trying to recover lost or deleted data on your own.

Windows Recovery

Windows has a great data recovery tool that you can either download or purchase at a nominal cost. However, depending on the extent of the lost data and the damage that has been caused to the operating system as well as other systems on the hard drive it may be advisable to use professional data recovery. There are also different types of recovery and repair programs to select from so if you are unsure which will be most suitable to meet your requirements, opt for expert recovery of deleted or lost partitions.

Linux Recovery

Linux also has a fully automated data recovery software program that can be obtained at a cost. Because of the automated nature of the program it is very user-friendly and many Linux users find that they are able to initiate and process data recovery successfully without help. However, it is important to know what you are doing before initiating the process which could lead to the irretrievable loss of some or all data while the Linux operating system is fully restored to its previous operation.

Professional data recovery is rather affordable when compared with the cost of purchasing these types of software packages. The rates for recovering lost, damaged or deleted data are determined by three things. The first part of a quote will be comprised of the amount of time the technician is expected to work on recovering the data. The second part of the costs relate to the percentage of data that can be recovered within the time frame.

The last data recovery cost involves physical damage to the hardware where the price of any necessary replacement parts will need to be calculated. Always keep in mind that a specialist in recovering data should never bill you for any time that has been spent working on the recovery process if not data was recoverable at all from the hard drive or other data storage device. This makes getting professional data recovery rather than repair and recovery software much more cost-effective.

What Is Computer Software, Application Software And Systems Software?

A computer’s software refers to a program (or a group of programs) which give a computer instructions on what to do and how to operate. Software programs can provide one main task, or multiple main tasks.

As an example, a program designed to edit digital photographs has one key task (i.e. to allow for editing of photos) – naturally it would have numerous sub-tasks though (i.e. red eye removal, color correction features, resizing and cropping/cutting of an image).

On the other hand, a computer’s operating system (a complex piece of software which basically handles and runs the entire computer) would carry out many main tasks – for example handling input and output (i.e. the user typing in with a keyword, or audio coming out of speakers), memory allocation, managing the computer’s hardware components (these are the electrical components which power a computer) and much more.

Software can be grouped into roughly two groups: application software and systems software. Essentially, software which facilitates just one main task (for example, photo editing software as in the above example) would be counted as application software. This is contrasted to systems software which refers to complex, multi-task programs which help to run the entire system – such as an operating system.

These two main groups of software are discussed in more detail below:

Application Software

This is software which is installed on an operating system (See “Systems Software” below for more information). As mentioned above, this type of software tends to perform just one main task. Another example of application software would be a website browser: this is the program which you are probably using right now to view this article. Examples of a browser include Internet Explorer, Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox. In short, their main task/function is to facilitate you in surfing the internet.

Other types of application software are as follows:

  • Word Processing – this type of software allows you to type up documents and letters. Examples include Microsoft Office Word and Open Office.
  • Antivirus Software – this type of software helps protect your computer system against malicious threats such as viruses and malware. Examples include Norton Antivirus, Kaspersky Antivirus and AVG Anti-virus.
  • Photo Editing – this type of software can be used to edit and manipulate photos and other digital images in various ways. Examples include Paint.net, Corel PaintShop Pro and Adobe Photoshop.

Systems Software

This type of software is quite accurately described as being at the very core of any computer system. Without systems software, a computer could not really function. In short, it manages every aspect of a computer system – from how the hardware interacts with the software (‘drivers’) to giving the user an interface and platform to interact with the system (‘operating system’). The operating system – or ‘OS’ – is the software that loads up after your computer is switched on. It’s where all application software is installed on. Examples of an OS include Microsoft Windows (XP, Vista, 7 etc), Linux (Ubuntu, CentOS) and Apple Mac OS X.

Other types of systems software include device drives (these make the hardware components function correctly with the software and computer system) and utilities (these are also called ‘utility tools’ and they help monitor, maintain, check and analyze different parts of a computer; such as ‘Task Manager’ and ‘Disk Defragment on Windows OSes).