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Antivirus and Anti-Spyware Software

Do I need both Antivirus and Anti-Spyware software?

Yes. Viruses and Spyware are different types of malicious software (malware). You need protection from both. Some packaged security software protects both threats but many do either one or the other.

Is my expired software protecting me?

No. New malicious software is constantly being written and circulated. You need to keep your security software up to date so that it will defend your against the latest threats.

I get sick of the security software constantly trying to tell me stuff, can't I turn it off for a while?

Don't turn it off. It is much easier to protect a computer from malicious software than it is to clear it once infected. If your security software is requesting attention, you should take the required action. Turning it off will make the messages go away, but leave your computer vulnerable.

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