ComTech: IT Support Stirling

Is antivirus getting too bloated?

ComTech: IT Support Stirling

Antivirus software is essential – fact.  Whether it be a home system or a business one you still face the same threats.  There are loads of software on the market to choose from but one thing I have noticed recently is that most offer ‘other’ services besides antivirus protection.  A lot of them are no longer antivirus software but call themselves ‘Internet Security Suites’ instead.  Lets take AVG Anti-virus 2013 as an example.  Some of the features are:

  • Surf and search with confidence
  • Keep tough threats out
  • Stay protected on social networks
  • Download, share files and chat safely
  • Support and assistance
  • Play games and watch movies without interruption
  • Scan smarter and faster

Sounds impressive but what exactly is ‘Stay Protected on social networks’?  It won’t stop people from slurring you or writing things you don’t want people to know about.  What is Play games and watch movies without interruption all about? Does it increase the speed of the internet connection now?

Some suites offer the facility to backup your files to cloud storage and beefier firewalls. Features like these are not really required on a standard PC.  In a business environment there will usually be a network firewall keeping everyone safe who is behind it.  Why do you need another one on your system which, in my experience, can cause problems.  I had a business laptop once which couldn’t connect to a wifi printer because Norton’s firewall kept blocking the connection.  On a home system Windows comes with a good firewall as standard (except XP) so why change it.

As for cloud storage yes it is handy but call me old fashioned but I want my antivirus to concentrate on one thing and that is to stop virus before they hit my system.  If I want cloud storage I will get some.

All these extra features have one big drawback – computing resources.  Have you tried to run any recent Internet Security Suite on a desktop with 1 GB RAM (a lot of home users and businesses with tight budgets still have these).  The system crawls and it is very hard to actually do work so it defeats the purpose of actually having the software in the first place.

So what do you think is antivirus getting too bloated?

About the Author


Hi I’m Chris Wakefield the owner of ComTech IT Support. I provide Windows, Mac and Linux based IT Support to small businesses in Stirling, Alloa and Falkirk.

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