Why Your Antivirus Is Not Enough

Did you know that FixMeStick finds malware on more than 80% of the computers it scans, even though 99% of our customers run antivirus software? Cybercrime has become so advanced that malware is now designed to hide from antivirus software. Think you’ve got your bases covered because you already have an antivirus program? Think again.

Keep reading for our top 5 reasons why you should adopt what we like to call a layered approach to cybersecurity.

Image of a virus on a computer. It's important to know you can still get a virus even if you have antivirus software installed.

1. New Viruses are Created Everyday

McAfee Labs reported that malware threats “averaged 588 threats per minute” so far this year, an increase of 40% from 2020. It can take your antivirus a few days to recognize the newest threats, and in that time your computer might already be infected. When your computer becomes infected, it’s near impossible to remove the viruses using software. You need an external device like the FixMeStick virus removal device. It starts before your system boots to remove infections that won’t come off while your system is running.

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A woman looking frustrated at her computer due to viruses.

2. You Don’t Have to Click to Get Hit

Ever wonder how you got viruses on your computer, even when you have a respected antivirus program? Once upon a time, antivirus software was enough protection from even the nastiest viruses out there. Unfortunately, technology, malware, and hackers are getting smarter. Consequently, it’s getting harder to stop them.

Before, all you had to do to avoid viruses was pay attention to what you were clicking on. Now we’ve started to see a rise of new attacks in the form of malvertising. It is an advanced method in which advertisements are hijacked by malware, often on legitimate websites that you use every day. If you click on these ads, they can download a virus onto your computer without you even realizing it. The scariest part is you don’t always need to click on the advertisement to get infected. Simply being on a good site on a bad day puts you at risk.

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An image of a ransomware virus on someone's computer. You can get a virus even if you have antivirus software running.

3. Targeted Attacks can Bypass Blacklisting

Traditional antivirus programs work by identifying threats and blacklisting them. However, APT attacks or Advanced Persistent Threat attacks can often bypass antivirus and firewalls and can leave backdoors open in your system for future access. Malware developers are constantly updating and developing malware to sneak past antivirus software definitions and detection defenses.

This is not to say that antivirus isn’t worth it. Everyone should be running antivirus as a first defense. Without antivirus, your computer has no defenses against the thousands of viruses that have been blacklisted. Think of antivirus as your everyday protection, similar to brushing your teeth every day.

However, as you’ve learned, viruses are trying to get past that first line of defense. If you feel like something might have slipped through the cracks, or you want to make sure you’re computer is safe and clean, you can use your FixMeStick to detect and eradicate threats. Think of FixMeStick as a deep clean, similar to going to the dentist!

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4. Small Changes to Viruses can Allow Them to Sneak Past Your Antivirus

Evolution doesn’t need to take millions of years, at least when it comes to malware. Malware is changing at a rapid pace – it really only takes a slight adjustment in the programming of a virus for your antivirus to read it as non-threatening, thereby allowing it onto your computer.

If you think you can get ahead by having multiple antivirus programs installed – think again. While different types of antivirus programs have differing virus definitions, it’s important to stick to one antivirus software. Having more than one antivirus program usually just makes the software cancel out, leaving you completely unprotected.

5. Most Antivirus Programs Can’t Fully Remove Viruses Once They’re On the Computer

Antivirus programs focus on keeping viruses off of your computer, they are not designed for removal after the viruses are on your computer. When your computer is on, viruses can interfere with the programs that try to remove them by hiding within the computer so software scans miss them.

With the FixMeStick, the scan is running while the rest of the computer is turned off –  your computer is inactive and so are the viruses, therefore they are easier to remove. This is the same advanced technology repair shops use – we just made it simple so everyone can use it. Now with over 1.3 million customers, people all over the world are cleaning their own computers from the comfort and privacy of home.

The FixMeStick is an external virus removal device and comes equipped with multiple embedded scanners and additional antivirus engines in the cloud. Together, these provide the FixMeStick with a faster response time to new threats. And because it runs externally the viruses can’t hide!

An image of the FixMeStick Virus Removal Device plugged into a computer. The FixMeStick works in partnership with your antivirus software.

In conclusion…

Real-time antivirus programs, like McAfee Total Protection, are a must. You are provided with ongoing protection against thousands of viruses! However, you also need an external device, like the FixMeStick, to be absolutely positive your computer is clean. That’s why we recommend using antivirus software in conjunction with your FixMeStick for a layered approach to your cybersecurity! Double the protection, double the safety.

How do you protect your computer from viruses? Let us know in the comments!