Test Your Knowledge about Antivirus Programs


Nobody like to takes quizzes, but sometimes they can point out your strengths and weaknesses about a subject.

As for antivirus programs, I can tell you that the average person will probably not “ace” this simple 10 question Antivirus Quiz.

Wanna give it a  try?

Basic Antivirus Knowledge

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As for the best Antivirus and AntiSpyware program out there, I use and recommend ESET Nod32 Antivirus and SUPERAntiSpyware which you can get at:



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9 Responses to “Test Your Knowledge about Antivirus Programs”

  1. Arnie Diaz

    Is there a phony version of ESET out there? I was infected by E-set 2011 2 months ago.

  2. Dale Powell

    Yes!!, Notice the difference in spelling E-set. The real name is “Eset” without the hyphen. The one I saw recently looked more like AVG because of the color theme, but it is a Fake Antivirus program none-the less. You can purchase real ESET software at http://www.antivirusking.com

  3. Kerry Larmand

    I did learn little!!! Thanx! I am not a high-end user by any means…I use a small net-book to talk to my family with e-mail and facebook, and surf the google world…that’s about it. For some reason I am slammed with virusus’ can you suggest the best method of protection for me???? Please help from far away home…..

  4. Dale Powell

    As always, I recommend ESET Nod32 Antivirus and SUPERAntiSpyware. The best methods with the paid products. The free ones are better than nothing but only offer basic protection. As far as viruses go, only about 3% of infections are true viruses, the rest are combinations of other types of malware such as trojans.

    Using both programs above helps to balance the strengths and weaknesses between the products. No “1” product does it all. In fact, there is no 100% protection unless you want to abstain from the internet and never insert a cd, dvd, flashdrive , etc into your computer.

    The rest of your protection is by keeping your software up-to-date and learning internet street-smarts (which takes time). Anyway, that is the focus of my website. Start with the “Basic Prevention” link to get started. Hope this helps. … Dale

  5. PCkid

    Thanks for posting the quiz! I use F-Prot and Malwarebytes, they have yet to let me down. I am glad you use your knowledge to make this blog and help others. 😀 -Thanks!

  6. Sean Velasco

    Even though your quiz states that running 2 types of Anti-Virus software is bad, I was wondering if you’re allowed to run Malwarebytes, SUPERAntiSpyware, and Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2011 at the same time, or at least have them on your computer at the same time?

  7. Dale Powell

    I have ESET Nod32, SUPERAntiSpyware Pro and Malwarebytes Free on most all my computers. As for the SUPERAntiSpyware and Malwarebytes, you should only run “one” active or Pro version. I chose my active version as SUPERAntiSpyware Pro but Malwarebytes Pro is a great product as well. The active versions are the “paid” Pro versions. As for the free versions, there isn’t a limit per say, but I would not go overboard. I occasionally get a customer who gets overzealous about computer security and experiments with everything under the sun which ends like overdosing on vitamins. Anyway, if you are only running Kaspersky “Antivirus” and not Kaspersky “Internet Security” you should be fine. Just watch out for the “Internet Security” suites because they usually have an active antispyware program built-in so it would not be a good idea to run another “active” one along with it.

  8. Panda Kat

    Very interesting quiz. My husband used to do everything for me, but never had the ‘time’ to teach me. Husband had a Major Heart Attack last year and is no longer around. I am finding sooo mannnny things I know nothing about, and my computer keeps telling me that my system needs to be up-graded. I don’t know how! Also, the printer quit printing. Would it be a good idea to take the attached cables and replace them? Pandakat

  9. Dale Powell

    I don’t know specifically what your “system” is saying needs to be “upgraded”. Some trial and entry level software products might prompt you for an upgrade for their more fully-functional product. But if you are talking about Windows itself, that is unusual. Be sure to see if it is actually saying “updated” or “upgraded”. Many programs, even Windows will frequently prompt you for “updates”, and some of them are even automatic. But an “upgrade” is usually a paid option where you will be getting a newer/better version of the product, and this is not typical for Windows itself.

    In some cases, you may get messages like this for “rogue” products, which need to be removed immediately. Check to see what is the name of what wants to be upgraded, as “system” is very vague.

    As for your printer, cables rarely go bad, and when they do, you can usually see physical evidence with your eyes, such as bent pins, chafed insulation, cuts, etc. I have customers with pets that gnaw on the cables to cause this. Otherwise, just reseat them.

    I don’t typically get involved with replying to computer repair woes, but you can try a free online tool from Microsoft at: http://support.microsoft.com/fixit/ under the Top Solutions category.

    I would say that one common problems with printers, is that sometimes the “default printer” may have gotten changed to fax, or a virtual printer. If that is the case, just right-click the correct printer and set it as default.

    If the printer is bad itself (not a software problem), they are pretty much throw-away items these days and may be cheaper to buy another one. Hope this helps.

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