A computer virus is a piece of code which is capable of copying itself and typically has a detrimental effect, such as corrupting a computer system or destroying data.
Malware is a programme designed to damage your computer or steal information.
Computer viruses and malware can be spread in a number of ways, including:
- Email attachments
- Internet downloads
- Social media posts you’ve clicked on
- Searching for information online
Free antivirus protection
There are a number of free antivirus software products available which can:
- Remove viruses from infected devices
- Block viruses and malware
- Run regular scans on your device
It’s always advisable to use antivirus software from a trusted source to protect your devices.
Antivirus for PC
If you are using a PC, the in-built Windows Defender offers a high level of antivirus protection.
Additional free antivirus products include Avast, Avira, Panda and AVG.
Antivirus for Mac
Avast Security for Mac and Sophos Home Free provide free antivirus protection for Mac users.