As someone who works in computers, you try your best to ensure that malware doesn’t affect your system. Its official name is malicious software and its sole purpose is to get into your system undetected and damage it, potentially copying files or rendering the system useless. When running a business, this is most certainly not something that you want, as it could affect production and sensitive information.
One of the first things that you want to be able to do is detect malware on a regular basis. The means running malware detection tools in the background on a daily basis. Being able to prevent the software from infiltrating the system in the first place is the first line of defense. After that, it becomes about catching and disabling the software before major harm is done. For obvious reasons being proactive about it is the best route to go, but not everything can be caught beforehand and having a tool that will recognize it is imperative to running a system smoothly.
Some tools for malware analysis are easily accessible online. They allow for a download to your system and will run on a regular basis in order to provide ongoing protection. Sometimes it’s a quick sweep that will review your internet while you are using it or documents when you open them, and then run a full analysis every few days to ensure it hasn’t missed anything. You could bring in malware at any time (even on a drive that you got from someone (always run a scan before opening).
Your malware detection tools should also provide antivirus capabilities because sometimes malware can slip through(sounds counterproductive to having malware detection, however some are extremely advanced). If the malware software that is running doesn’t initially catch the problem, then there is the ability for antivirus software to do so. It is a good option to run both for extra protection. In the same sense, if you are going to download a program that will “fix everything” make sure it is legitimate and safe. Unfortunately, there are those that provide the software saying it will fix all of your issues, when its true nature is really to get the malware onto your system (sneaky). Do your reviews before you start anything and find valid and safe malware detection tools to help keep your system continue running as smoothly and as safely as possible.