Malware is software that has a malicious intent to harm users and their devices.


1::I Updating of my antivirus should be performed only if I don’ t regularly patch my operating system.
3::The antivirus update protects my computer from newly created malware.
2::The antivirus updates ensure the correct performance of my computer.

This is not the correct answer. The correct is that the antivirus update protects your computer from newly created malware. This would normally include ‘signature files’ of new malware, i.e. information for identifying malware. Hence, antivirus should be updated very frequently – preferably, on a daily basis. Note that although patching your operating system is also important for security, this does not protect you for all new malware – that’s why you need to update your antivirus.

 

This is the correct answer. Antivirus updates do offer you the latest protection against new forms of malware. This would normally include ‘signature files’ of new malware, i.e. information for identifying malware. Hence, antivirus should be updated very frequently – preferably, on a daily basis. Note that although patching your operating system is also important for security, this does not protect you for all new malware – that’s why you need to update your antivirus

 

Updating the antivirus software has little to do with performance (although some viruses may affect your performance and, thus, this answer is not fully incorrect). The correct answer is that the antivirus update protects your computer from newly created malware. This would normally include ‘signature files’ of new malware, i.e. information for identifying malware. Hence, antivirus should be updated very frequently – preferably, on a daily basis. Note that although patching your operating system is also important for security, this does not protect you for all new malware – that’s why you need to update your antivirus.

 


A relevant protection in these cases is to have an antivirus software installed. However, even this is not sufficient as the antivirus needs to be constantly updated.

What is your perspective about the need for updating the antivirus?