Jul 20, 2014
The Internet contains information on a lot of things. People in their everyday lives obtain information from the web for various purposes, be it for work, for studies, or for entertainment. Along with the advance of technology and trends, most websites are adding new features as time goes by, implementing the demand of web users worldwide. However, most people know the fact that the Internet has its own share of troublemakers, making the largest network of the world prone to being a source of computer problems. Because of that, nowadays website developers consider embedding a malware solution in their website.
A malware solution is a program that checks the content it scans for malware, a program that causes destruction and unwanted effects on the computer it infects. Malware solutions use a wide database of definitions to detect various malware, since all malware have unique definitions. For an average user, it is difficult to manually detect malwares in a computer, because malwares have that feature in their code that hides them from view, besides the fact that their extensions are largely different in structure compared to files that have good purpose.
Websites that have an embedded malware solution provide a better sense of security for the user who browses through the site. If there is no such embedded program, the usual alternative provided by web developers is showing a link that allows the user to download the solution from another website which is secure.
Technically speaking, it is better to have a downloaded malware solution in one’s computer, since it protects the computer from malware regardless if the user is online or not. The only responsibilities it entails the user is to update the program as frequently as possible, so that the malware definition database covers the latest malwares present in the computer world, and the user should also take note of all external storage devices being connected to his computer, since they are all potential malware carriers. On the other hand, solutions embedded within websites only require being used by the user, and there is no need for the user to update the solution; it is automatically updated by the server it uses. Moreover, it does not consume storage space from the user’s computer.
Its only drawbacks are that it can only be used if the user has internet connection, and at times, cannot be used if the website is undergoing maintenance. Whichever mode the user prefers to use with regard to the solution, malwares are detected and appropriate action is taken by the program, either to quarantine detected malwares, where it is unable to do harm, or to remove them, deleting them permanently if the solution is capable of doing so.
A malware solution, for most beginners, is usually used only when the situation calls for it, but it actually should be the first thing to consider before engaging use of the Internet’s resources.