(WWLP) - Your computer is a big investment and your documents in it couldbe priceless, so it's wise to install software to protect it.Getting a virus out on your computer can be frustrating andexpensive.
If you've been the victim of a computer virus, it's somethingyou'll never forget. "I'm a storywriter so I lose like all thestories that I've written from years ago and it's...it's reallyfrustrating," said Jessica Rodriguez of Springfield.
Aristeo Torres of Post Computer Systems in Wilbraham told22News "We strongly recommend that you only get an anti-virus andanti-spy ware program and not the suites." The suites are thedeluxe versions. If you stick with the basics, you'll save money.Experts recommend "Panda" or "Norton Anti-Virus". Both are aroundforty dollars each.
You can also get free anti-virus downloads online. "AVG" and"AntiVIR" are the two most reputable according to Torres. But freedownloads do not provide you with support if you have questions.
The best way to save money on protecting your computer is tosimply use common sense. For example, don't use sharing websiteslike "Limewire." They're not only illegal, but they can also exposeyour computer to viruses and spy ware.
Remember to update your protection every year. It will costyou about forty dollars annually, but it will save you money byextending the life of your computer.