Millions of PC users worldwide still use Windows Vista, and it's easy to see why. Although the world has seen two new Windows versions since Vista's introduction in November 2006, not everyone can justify the expense of an upgrade when, for many, the setup they have suits them perfectly. Vista is stable with proven security. It also has integrated features that identify some spyware and adware, keeping snoops and salespersons off your computer.
Unlike the most recent Windows versions, Microsoft and most software developers no longer provide active support for Vista. That's why you typically don't see any toolbar balloons offering "important security updates" on your Vista machine anymore. The point is your operating system is no longer getting booster shots from Microsoft – yet hackers' endeavors to infiltrate that system are as persistent as ever and have become more complex. Vista users are susceptible unless they opt to seek out an efficient, proactive antivirus suite.
The best antivirus software for keeping your Windows Vista computer running smoothly are the applications from Bitdefender, Kaspersky and Norton. Install one of them to abolish your doubts about internet takeovers and get back to enjoying the Web. We also recommend reading our articles on antivirus software for Windows Vista for more information.
The best antivirus software for Windows Vista will have a threat database that consistently updates itself in response to the latest viruses, Trojans and other malware. It is also capable of recognizing the kind of code that shows up in malware, even if a certain new bug hasn't yet made its way into the database. It treats infected files and removes the threat without crippling your data or your system. It has features that maximize its usability without slowing down your computer by monopolizing its resources. Lastly, it comes with strong, easy-to-use customer service for when you want to renew your subscription, or in case anything goes wrong. Here's a synopsis of each of these areas:
Superb antivirus software should be able to work in tandem with your operating system to recognize data threats when they enter your system. In case that doesn't happen, it should perform regular full system checks - preferably when your system doesn't need those resources elsewhere. It should also avoid falsely labeling harmless, essential files as threats.
When it finds dangerous files, your antivirus software should be able to treat or quarantine the files and remove the threats without causing errors or deleting needed system files.
Antivirus software should be easy to install, and just as easy to use. It should actively protect not just files, but also incoming and outgoing email, external storage drives and instant messages.
Help & Support
When you are ready to renew or upgrade your subscription, you should be able to do so easily. If you have problems in the meantime, help should be readily available. The software that had a robust support network for you to rely on typically scored higher in our review.
New malware attacks are surfacing daily. Your protection against them should be constantly evolving to stay ahead. Antivirus software that has a record of working well with your Windows Vista operating system will keep your computer safe for years to come.
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