- It must be able to detect malware in downloaded/downloading files, in incoming email attachments and in malicious URL links. I use IMAP and IMAP-SSL mail systems.
- It must, within acceptable tolerances, be able to block/quarantine the detected threat(s) before they take up residence on my machine.
- Since no malware defense system is 100% effective, it must be able to remove any infections that slip through.
- It must be able to defend itself from malware that attempts to disable or remove it.
- It must prevent further damage by refusing to allow malware (that was not detected, blocked or removed) to "phone home".
- I don't need a spam blocker. My ISP and my email client do a decent job of that already.
- I don't need a password vault - I use LastPass for that.
- I don't need a "web safety indicator" - I use WOT for that.
- I don't want mobile device protection. My paranoia only goes so far...
Finally, after reading many web sites, it seems to me that there are more than a few anti-virus "experts" that believe if an anti-virus software package detects a threat and alerts me, then it has done what it was designed to do. Defending itself, quarantining and removal are bonus features, may be unreliable compared to the software's detection ability, and I should defer to dedicated removal tools to clean an infected system. Is that an accurate assessment?
Thanks for any opinions, facts and insights.
Best answer by WesBView original