The internet is a dangerous place. There are just too many people out there who get a thrill out of hacking a system and infecting it with viruses and worms. Unethical websites also like to load your computer up with malware. The result can be a host of problems that eventually gang up and cause your hardware to fail. Therefore, don’t ignore anti-virus updates. If your anti-virus program signals that it needs to update your operating system, than let it.
One way to make sure that a software update won’t interfere with computer usage is to set the update time for the wee hours of the morning. If you’re active on a computer at that time, then set the update for a time you’re away from the machine. As long as the computer has access to the internet, most anti-virus softwares will do their thing without you ever noticing. Once in awhile the program may call for a restart, but usually it’s quick and simple. The benefit far outweighs the inconvenience.
When installing an anti-virus, the software will often ask for permission to monitor any problems your computer experiences. This may feel like spying, but what you are allowing the programmers to do is keep up to date on any malware or viruses that could attack an operating system like yours. From there, they can develop their software updates and keep your hardware protected. Software is much cheaper to replace than hardware, so take anti-virus recommendations seriously.
Some browser softwares will suggest a particular anti-virus. It’s a good idea to follow that recommendation. The developers have devised a formula that is optimal to your operating system’s safety. Working with anti-virus programs means that good technology can keep up with bad technology.