In today’s date, a computer or a laptop has become a very important part of our life. We store all our precious data in them. Official files, songs, pictures, movies, games, software, application and many other things. We surf the internet, connect to the social networking sites, share our stuffs, download mp3s, videos, send mails, amass info and do various other stuff. Our daily work schedule is dependent on them to a great extent. Be it home or office, they hold an important place in our lives. But it really annoys us when our system begins to malfunction and we lose our data due to the entry of some undesirable programs which corrupt or wipes off our data. Whatever we had stored in is either lost, becomes inaccessible or behaves in a very improper manner. Our entire system is jeopardized because of it. To protect, heal and preventing these malicious software program, the Anti-virus steps in.
Such rogue programs are known as ‘Computer virus’. These are kind of malware which come into our desktop systems, laptops via internet, pen drives or some other sources. They attack the whole data bank of the hard drive multiplying rapidly, spreading across and damaging all the software applications stored. Antivirus software is to prevent, detect and remove malicious computer viruses. They also act against other types of malware, for instance malicious browser helper objects (BHOs), browser hijackers, ransomware, keyloggers, backdoors, rootkits, trojan horses, worms, malicious LSPs, dialers, fraudtools, adware and spyware. PC security includes protection from social engineering methods which is commonly offered in products and services of antivirus software companies. If they somehow even make way in, the antivirus deletes them or quarantines the system. The viruses are mainly developed by hackers or program developers with an intention of stealing data and information from your storage drives. It is a major headache for all the computer users and Information technology sector people. Because of it there is a huge amount of data loss and the companies suffer a huge setback. Apart from that they cause the malfunctioning of your precious machine thereby not allowing you to do your desired activity on them. As a growing menace of the modern technology the software companies are launching several kinds of anti-viruses ranging from home use to large corporate servers. Avast, Kaspersky, eScan, Quick Heal, McAfee, Symantec, Norton are some antivirus software available in the market. The IT industry is investing a huge amount for protecting their systems and securing their data from unwanted virus attack. These software programs come with validity from 3 to 6 months upto a year and they have to be updated regularly. As the malwares are advancing too, this protective application has to be a step ahead of them. Apart from computers, the manufacturers are also making applications for mobiles and android phones for full scale protection.
According to market analysis report, the global Antivirus Software Package market is set to grow at a CAGR of 13.4 percent over the period 2012-2016. One of the key components contributing to this market growth is the increasing demand for mobile antivirus software packages. It has also been witnessing the increasing demand for cloud- computing based solutions. However, the availability of open-source antivirus software packages could pose a challenge to the growth of this market.