The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) has prepared the attached guidance to assist financial institutions in developing an effective computer virus protection program in order to mitigate the risks associated with computer viruses and other types of malicious software codes. Financial institutions rely on the Internet to conduct business transactions and to communicate with customers, vendors and other business partners. Commonly used electronic mail applications are susceptible to computer viruses that may be embedded in e-mails and e-mail file attachments. Therefore, it is important that management understand the risks of computer viruses and take appropriate action to protect computer systems.
Customer information security guidelines require periodic risk assessments and status reports be provided to the Board of Directors. The effectiveness of the institution’s computer virus protection program should be addressed in these periodic assessments and reports. Any control weaknesses should be identified and addressed during the normal course of business.
For more information about computer virus protection programs, please contact your FDIC Division of Supervision and Consumer Protection Regional Office or Kathryn M. Weatherby, Examination Specialist, at (202) 898-6793.
This article is designed for customers who are using Microsoft Defender Antivirus capabilities only. If you have Microsoft Defender for Endpoint (which includes Microsoft Defender Antivirus alongside additional device protection capabilities), skip this article and proceed to Onboard non-persistent virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) devices in Microsoft 365 Defender.
You can use Microsoft Defender Antivirus in a remote desktop (RDS) or non-persistent virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) environment. Following the guidance in this article, you can configure updates to download directly to your RDS or VDI environments when a user signs in.
Antivirus software protects your device from viruses that can destroy your data, slow down or crash your device, or allow spammers to send email through your account. Antivirus protection scans your files and your incoming email for viruses, and then deletes anything malicious. You must keep your antivirus software updated to cope with the latest "bugs" circulating the internet. Most antivirus software includes a feature to download updates automatically when you are online. In addition, make sure that the software is continually running and checking your system for viruses, especially if you are downloading files from the web or checking your email. Set your antivirus software to check for viruses every day. You should also give your system a thorough scan at least twice a month.
Spyware protection is included in some antivirus software programs. Check your antivirus software documentation for instructions on how to activate the spyware protection features. You can buy separate antispyware software programs. Keep your antispyware software updated and run it regularly.
1. Norton packs in everything but the kitchen sink (opens in new tab)Norton's antivirus products offer a password manager, unlimited VPN data, identity theft protection, parental controls and even online storage. If you're willing to pay, you'll get almost every kind of digital security you could ever need.
2. Bitdefender offers the best value in antivirus software (opens in new tab)Bitdefender Antivirus Plus combines great malware protection with an assortment of useful features and an easy-to-use interface, all at a very affordable price.
All of Norton's antivirus products offer excellent malware protection, and the once-heavy system-performance load is much lighter. The number of extra features each program has varies, but the sweet spot in the lineup is Norton 360 Deluxe.
If you want full-on identity protection, Norton offers three bundles with varying degrees of LifeLock service and even more online storage. Their subscription prices run well into the triple digits, but still cost less than if you were to buy the identity protection, password manager, cloud-backup storage and antivirus software separately.
Unlike some of the other best antivirus software makers, Norton doesn't offer a file shredder, file encryption or secure web browser with any of its products. Yet every other digital-protection service you could possibly ask for is included with at least some of its bundles.
The midrange Bitdefender Internet Security adds parental controls, webcam protection and a two-way firewall, while Bitdefender Total Security tops off the lineup with an anti-theft feature for laptops, a system optimizer and licenses for Bitdefender Antivirus for Mac and Bitdefender Mobile Security for Android.
The entry-level program, Kaspersky Anti-Virus (starting at £12.49 UK/$29.99 US), has dedicated ransomware protection, a virtual keyboard and a convenient online account portal. But it's beaten by Bitdefender Antivirus Plus, which has even more features.
The multi-device licenses of those two security suites also come with an identity-protection service. But none of the McAfee products have a secure browser or webcam protection, which you often get with other premium antivirus programs.
However, none of Trend Micro's programs include a two-way firewall or webcam protection, standard with other brands' midrange offerings. Nor does the premium product have the cloud storage or backup software that some of the best antivirus brands add as extras to their flagship packages.
The entry-level ESET NOD32 Antivirus is easy to use, but has few useful extra tools. ESET Internet Security adds webcam protection, parental controls and a browser-hardening extension, as well as ESET security-software licenses for Mac, Android and Linux devices.
Free antivirus software used to offer subpar protection while being full of ads and suggestions to upgrade to a paid antivirus program instead. Now though, Kapsersky offers a free version with excellent malware protection. (Bitdefender Antivirus Free Edition has been discontinued, although Tom's Guide readers can still download it using this link (opens in new tab).)
Microsoft's built-in antivirus software is now a heavy hitter. While Windows Defender, aka Microsoft Defender Antivirus, doesn't quite beat Norton or Kaspersky in malware-protection lab tests, it comes out ahead of Avast, AVG and most other free antivirus products while operating almost entirely behind the scenes.
You won't be getting many extra features with Windows Defender itself, yet Windows 10 does have parental controls, a gaming mode and protections for its own Edge and Internet Explorer browsers. There's no built-in VPN, but you also won't be bothered by pop-ups trying to upsell you to paid antivirus software.
We still recommend going for Kaspersky Security Cloud Free, which has even less of a system impact, better malware protection and more useful extras, but there's absolutely nothing wrong with using Windows Defender as your primary antivirus solution.
That's too bad, because Kaspersky Security Cloud Free is the best free antivirus product we've ever tested. We've never seen such a combination of excellent protection and extra features in a free antivirus program.
However, Avast Free Antivirus caused a pretty heavy system load in our testing and its scans took a long time. It also kept nagging us to upgrade to Avast's paid antivirus protection, and played bait-and-switch with features that looked like they were free but weren't.
Most significant of all, the malware protection in Avast Free Antivirus is a peg down from Kaspersky's or Bitdefender's, whose free programs also bothered us less about paid upgrades and had lighter system loads.
Our evaluations are based on the interface, performance, protection and extra features that each antivirus program offers. Was the interface intuitive and user-friendly? How much did malware scans slow down system performance? How well did the program detect and remove malware? Does the program offer other useful tools or features?
Along with the main features of antivirus software, many companies bundle this software with other services, including VPNs, identity theft protection, parental controls and more. However, you may have to pay more, if the antivirus software is available on its own.
It is worth paying for virus protection if you want coverage on all of your devices and detection for things like phishing. Usually, free subscriptions have some limits compared to paid versions, such as on the amount of devices connected or the types of threats detected.
Windows 10 does come with virus protection in the form of Windows Security Microsoft Defender Antivirus, built into their devices from the start .The software scans your computer for malware, security threats and viruses and updates itself automatically with the latest threat prevention. However, if you want to use a different antivirus software, Microsoft Defender Antivirus will be shut down automatically.
Each month, we stop over 1.5 billion cyberattacks all around the globe thanks to an unrivaled threat detection network, which is why professionals and amateurs alike love our free and paid antivirus protection.
To browse the internet safely and keep their computers properly up to date, users have a great ally: antivirus software. This quick guide will help you understand the value these tools provide, the protection they offer, and how to make the most out of them.
Besides laptop and desktop computers, it is highly advisable to use antivirus software on mobile devices such as 'smartphones' and tablets, and on any connected devices. There are already some antivirus programs that monitor household data traffic to protect cameras, SmartTVs, printers, consoles, etc.
But ultimately, relying on any one app to protect your system, data, and privacy is a bad bet, especially when almost every antivirus app has proven vulnerable on occasion. No antivirus tool, paid or free, can catch every malicious bit of software that arrives on your computer. You also need secure passwords, two-factor logins, data encryption, systemwide backups, automatic software updates, and smart privacy tools added to your browser. You need to be mindful of what you download and to download software only from official sources, such as the Microsoft App Store and Apple Mac App Store, whenever possible. You should avoid downloading and opening email attachments unless you know what they are. For guidance, check out our full guide to setting up all these security layers. 781b155fdc