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 4 reasons why you should adopt what we like to call a layered approach to cybersecurity.
1. New Viruses are Created Everyday
Recently McAfee Labs reported that malware threats “averaged 588 threats per minute” so far this year, an increase of 40% from 2020. Kaspersky also reported that in 2020, an average of 360,000 NEW malware threats was detected every single day. It can take your antivirus a few days to recognize the newer viruses, and in that time your computer might already be infected.
Not only are there too many threats created every single day to stay on top of, but they are also designed specifically to go undetected by your antivirus. 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. When your computer becomes infected it’s near impossible to remove the viruses internally. You need an external removal device, like the FixMeStick to scan and remove viruses that are designed to hide from antivirus software.
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2. You Don’t Have to Click to Get Hit
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 new 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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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 can also constantly change and develop malware to sneak past antivirus software definitions and detection defenses.
All 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 already been blacklisted. If you feel like something might have slipped through the cracks, you can use your FixMeStick to detect and eradicate it.
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4. 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 try to remove viruses that have slipped past the defenses but are not as effective at removal as the FixMeStick. Viruses can interfere with the programs trying to remove them and can hide within the computer so the scans miss them.
With the FixMeStick, the scan is running while the rest of the computer is turned off – the device is inactive and so are the viruses, therefore they are easier to remove.
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!
Real-time antivirus programs are a must. You are provided with ongoing protection against thousands of viruses, and like the FixMeStick, these definitions are updated all the time, so your antivirus knows exactly what to look for.
However, you also need an external device to be absolutely positive your computer is clean. Antivirus is incredibly intelligent, but unfortunately so are cybercriminals. Unlike antivirus software, which works only while your system is running, the FixMeStick reboots your computer using a system on the stick, so it’s able to remove the viruses and malware that other antivirus and security programs can’t detect.
The FixMeStick updates its malware definitions every time you use it and connects to the cloud to find even more threats. It’s like scanning your computer with 3 antivirus engines in one. Use McAfee for ongoing protection, and scan your computer using FixMeStick every month as your second line of defense. Double the protection, double the safety.