Third Party Antivirus can do More Harm than Good to Your PC

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Doesn’t a slow running computer irk you? The despair at times reaches to a level, where even frequent formatting does not seem to be the solution anymore. A tech-savvy friend of yours will probably suggest you the answer of using an antivirus to get rid of all the possible hang-ups and unnecessary crashes. Then why mislead you with a headline of not relying on the usage of an antivirus?

Why the debate?

This negative notion, criticizing the capacity of an antivirus is raised by none other than Robert O’ Callahan. Emphasis of his logic got highlighted in Ars Technica’s report; where the former Mozilla engineer clarified his concern over antivirus,
which belongs to third part vendors. His clear-cut warning to desktops and laptops users all over the world is not to easily install or uninstall a third party antivirus at sudden whim.

Countering the Problem

A blog post of his insists Windows users to depend on Defender, rather than putting confidence in any random anti-virus (AV) software and ending up purchasing it. Individuals who still use outdates versions of Microsoft Windows, third-party AV might slightly be of some help; as for the rest, to keep their system safe and running, updating latest Window versions will be enough.

The Valid Points

  • 1. Remember Project Zero, started by Google, to dedicatedly locate possible security problems associated with any existing antivirus. To satisfy your discontented self, you can begin by taking a look at bugs of the variant antivirus products, mentioned in Project Zero. These bugs are a proof that these third party software developers know very less of standard security practices, which often open the attack vectors.

  • 2. Callahan further asserts that, antivirus devoid of Microsoft recognition has very less evidence to back net improvement and security. The reason why Microsoft rules with its Defender in PCs is that they actually put into action the standard security practices. Poor coding in third part security software hinders other software installed in your computer and unnecessarily raises security hassles for browsers.

  • 3. Many software developers remain silent on the interference made, because they prefer to maintain the cooperation they have with the external antivirus creators. Whereas, each time their product slows down or crashes, a user will consider the software useless and not the antivirus. Similar stance was observed in case of Firefox as well, where vital security fixes of the browser remained unknown to its users.

Thus, the precise call is not to install a third-party antivirus if you are already have upgraded versions of Windows. However, for computer users who are still utilizing old version of Windows, having a third party antivirus might not exactly be the end.


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