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What is an Antiviral Toolkit?

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  • Written By: G. Wiesen
  • Edited By: Heather Bailey
  • Last Modified Date: 28 July 2017
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An antiviral toolkit is a program, or series of programs, designed to help computer users avoid computer viruses and other types of malicious software. This type of toolkit is usually created by a single developer, and programs may be offered separately as well as in a comprehensive package that includes multiple programs intended to work together. Multiple programs may be available together at a price lower than each program would be sold individually, creating a financial benefit for someone interested in buying the package. An antiviral toolkit can also have the added advantage of allowing the user to know that the various programs are working together properly.

Antivirus programs are computer programs developed to help protect computers from malicious software such as viruses, Trojans, and other malware. An antiviral toolkit is usually a particular program or group of programs that features a wide array of tools and utilities to help protect a computer system. This level of comprehensive protection is one of the major features of an antiviral toolkit and separates such packages from basic antivirus programs. Such protection can be advantageous due to the variety of tricks often used by computer viruses to avoid detection and deletion.

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One of the major advantages of using an antiviral toolkit is the potential for reduced price with additional protection. Individual programs such as antivirus software, anti-spam software, and adware blockers can all be purchased and used separately. When these types of programs are purchased together, through a single antiviral toolkit, the cost can potentially be less when compared to individual purchases. This is often done by software developers to ensure customer loyalty and encourage customers to continue using their products exclusively.

There are also protective advantages for using an antiviral toolkit, when compared to separate, individual programs that can be ran together. Some antivirus programs and software designed to protect against malicious programs can actually interfere with each other during use, causing false positive results or actually shutting each other down after detecting the other program as a threat. This can allow malicious software to infect a computer simply because the protection has been shut down. By utilizing a single antiviral toolkit, the programs are all able to work together effectively without the risk of programs improperly detecting threats and interfering with each other.

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