The first know computer virus appeared in 1971. Computers were infected by a program known as the “Creeper” which displayed the message “I’m the creeper, catch me if you can!” on the screen as it then replicated itself to spread to other computers. The Creeper Virus was ultimately removed by a program known as The Reaper. Some consider “The Reaper” to be the first true antivirus program, but the term “virus” wasn’t used as the official name of a computer attack until it was coined in 1983.
The actual removal of viruses using antivirus technology as we know it today didn’t start until the late 80s. Since then, the growth and innovation of antivirus programs really took off, yet had never innovated to protect against attacks that use unknown threat techniques and overlooked the fact that attacks can be file-less, infecting the memory and writing directly to RAM. Also, earlier versions of antivirus were not user-friendly, hogged bandwidth with updates, and spiked CPU with resource-intensive scans. This led to a lot of system downtime and often caused users to disable the software or ignore security warnings out of frustration.
In the last 20 years, data has become the foundation of our way of life and is critical for organizations to protect. With people spending more of their lives online, antivirus software has really had to step up its game to combat the constant barrage of security threats being thrown at us daily.
Antivirus applications still help to keep our computers safe from computer viruses; and fend off spyware, Trojans, and other forms of malware intended to steal personal information or disable a computer altogether, but from endpoint to the cloud, the most enhanced applications out there offer protection against all cyber threats in real-time. Applications protect even when devices aren’t connected to the internet, and take actions at enterprise scale to make precise, context-driven decisions autonomously, at machine speed, without human intervention, and without affecting machine performance.
Bottom line… if you use your computer for school or work, you have sensitive info stored on your network/computer or if Your browsing habits bring you to some sketchy places you need to make sure they are using the most enhanced antivirus available.
If you want to learn more about how we can help you implement the most enhanced antivirus application for your own network, or you are interested in learning more about our solution, give our office a call.
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