If Your Antivirus Program Is Missing A Feature Would You Change It?

No software is perfect.

Even though we like to think that they are sometimes, no software is perfect.

The thing that we learn to do is to work around the deficiency of the software that we use.

Hopefully the company will be able to fix or add the feature that we need at sometime in the future but when it comes to software that is supposed to be responsible for your security then the flaws are a lot less easy to just let slide.

would you stick with your antivirus if it was missing a key feature?

would you stick with your antivirus if it was missing a key feature?

If someone is able to exploit the flaw then your whole system can be in trouble.

So what do you do when something like this happens?

Are you patient because the software has so many other good things about it or do you find a replacement as soon as possible?

This is the question that I hope to answer in the next few paragraphs.

So what should you do?

The answer is simple; it depends.

It depends on how much you need the feature that is missing.

There are some features in antivirus that is just an added bonus and not something that you need right away.

For example, scanning your email in real time is very helpful but is not something that you can’t use the computer without it.

You can just go back to checking the attachment with your antivirus solution after it downloads on the computer before you click on it.

Real time scanning when it comes to email is a recent feature that has only been around for a couple of years.

It is a nice feature to have but not something that you should get rid of your favorite antivirus software because of.

A good reason to change your antivirus solution is if the real time scanning was not working.

Even though it is a recent feature, it is something that came around because it is needed.

There are ways for someone to download threats to your computer without you knowing about it.

If your antivirus is working in real time then it will be able to pick it up the threat and expel it right away.

If you did not have a real time feature then it would just sit on your computer just waiting for you to click it.

If the real time scanning was available, there was no way that this would happen.

Only you are able to truly tell what you need and what you do not need when it comes to an antivirus solution.

This is why you should evaluate yourself first before you make any hasty decisions.

You might come to the conclusion that you can just give it a try and if it doesn’t work out, then you can change the software that is installed.

About Lee Munson

Lee's non-technical background allows him to write about internet security in a clear way that is understandable to both IT professionals and people just like you who need simple answers to your security questions.


  1. Hi Lee,

    Thank you for your response.
    I rate the internet sucurity “suites” from ESET and Kaspersky over most alternatives, as they are amongst the most “feature rich” security programs.
    When AV Comparatives ( http://www.av-comparatives.org ) perform their thorough and independent tests on the most popular antivirus products, they always have ESET and Kaspersky products rated very high.
    Some of their published results lately..:
    In the latest comparative test ( http://www.av-comparatives.org/images/stories/test/performance/performance_aug_2010_en.pdf ) you find both ESET and Kaspersky i the group of highest rated products.

    Sure there are other great antivirus products; other highly rated antivirus product in the AV-Comparatives tests are Panda, Symantec, F-Secure, and sometimes even Microsoft Security Essentials.
    But.. as you may have noticed I mentioned the “internet security packs”. I find them to be more feature rich than most of their competitors.. 🙂

    • I certainly agree that internet security suites are, in gerneral, more feature rich than antivirus programs. Strangely, however, most of the feedback I get seems to indicate that av programs are the more popular option though.

      That av-comparatives site looks interesting, thanks for linking to it.

  2. Thank you for a good article.
    I enjoy reading your blog articles..
    This time you ask “If Your Antivirus Program Is Missing A Feature Would You Change It?”
    I say.. If the missing feature is very essential to my computers IT security, I’d change the antivirus program to a better one that does have the missing feature.
    For example.. If I get a computer with one of the free antivirus programs installed that doesnt have antispam or firewall feature integrated.. Id replace it right away with either ESET Smart Security 4.2 or Kaspersky Internet Security 2011.

    Thanks again for a great blog. 🙂
    Best regards
    John Nielsen


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