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5 Common Myths that Stop People from Using an Antivirus
August 26, 2014

While this may seem like a bit of an odd subject to venture into, in this blog post we will list out some common reasons, or excuses, why you don’t really need antivirus or an effective computer security for your home PC. Out of the millions of computer users around the world, there are still many people who feel antivirus for their machine is unnecessary and actually causes more trouble than it’s worth.

Myths that Stop People from Using an Antivirus Software

With that in mind, here are some of the most popular reasons we have heard about why people don’t really need antivirus.

Myth # 1: You only visit safe websites

This is one of the most common excuses we have heard. However, the truth is that there are no safe websites anymore. Viruses and hackers have found ways to infiltrate even the most secure websites and connections in the recent past, so there really is no ‘safe haven’ on the Internet. There have been numerous drive-by downloads, DDoS attacks, password breaches, SSL breaches and more to convince us that completely secure websites are now a thing of the past. Hackers are constantly innovating to find new ways to breach databases and websites, so the antivirus industry and PC users need to be aware and updated at all times. So before you write off antivirus for your PC, ask yourself how many websites that you visit can be classified as completely safe.

Myth # 2: Security solutions slow your machine down

One common complaint that we receive every once in a while is that security solutions make their machine slow. However, and as many tests have proved, security solutions do not make a drastic change in the speed of a system. Modern encryption methods are designed to utilize barely any resources, so the potential cause of this ‘slowing down’ could be that multiple scans are running simultaneously or that too many redundant activities are occurring at the same time and causing an overlap that slows the machine down. If a machine is running a solution and does not meet its minimum system requirements then that could also be causing the PC to slow down.

Myth # 3: You don’t have any data that is worth hackers’ efforts

Let’s create some confusion and say that a hacker does not care about you personally. Nor does he care about your personal address and other details, unless he has a personal vendetta against you. However, when we speak about details of hundreds and thousands of users, then this same information becomes infinitely more valuable to hackers. They can misuse data for financial gains or can sell it to other malicious parties. So do not believe that you have nothing to protect. Anyone who goes online has some data that belongs to them and is vulnerable, and hence needs protection.

Myth # 4: You own a Mac and Macs don’t get viruses

This misconception has been around for a rather long time, but people are finally wisening up to the fact that Macs do get viruses, and need antivirus protection too. Most viruses are aimed at Windows platforms as most computer users operate on this platform. However, Mac users tend to falsely believe that their product is invulnerable, and this overconfidence is picked on by hackers and malware authors. So if you own a Mac, you need to consider getting a security product, just as much as someone who owns a Windows machine.

Myth # 5: You don’t need to connect to the Internet

If you only use your machine for playing some old games, then you probably don’t need to connect to the Internet. In that case, an antivirus solution may be a bit superfluous for your PC. However, a large majority of machines today are used for exchanging emails, downloading content, streaming videos, carrying out banking transactions or shopping online. So if you’re using your machine for any of these activities, then you definitely need to consider installing a security solution to stay safe against all kinds of malware and cyberattacks and social engineering tricks.

If none of these conditions apply to you, then you certainly need to consider investing in a good antivirus solution. Quick Heal Total Security is a trustworthy and versatile product that offers complete system protection without compromising on system performance. Great features such as web security, browser sandbox, parental control, email security and others are just some of the reliable highlights from the Quick Heal Labs.

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  1. I have Quick Heal total security in my laptop but the Reimage of Windows says that I have three viruses. Is Quick Heal anti-malware system is inefficient to identify and remove them?

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  2. A very informative clinically analyzed article!for the ordinary comuter literate aam aadmi !!

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  3. Abhijit MajumdarAugust 28, 2014 at 7:29 AM

    Dear Quick Heal Apk Developer,

    The Free QH android version does not include Back up and Realtime protection benefits. Please include these before I may reinstall it on my android. Presently, I am happy with CM Antivirus and Clean Master which provides me all these as a free version.
    I am not convinced with Quick Heal’s scanty free features as any complete protection.

    -Yours sincerely,
    Abhijit Majumdar
    Kolkata, India.

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    • Hi Abhijit,

      Thank you for your valued feedback. Real-time protection is present in the free Mobile Security app. However, as you have mentioned, the Backup feature is not available in the free version of the app. Your feedback has been noted and passed to the relevant team. We hope you still consider using Mobile Security as there are several other features such as anti-theft, device scan, call blocking, intruder detection and more.

      Regards.

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  4. Hackers are experts and they have no mercy and we need to protect our PC. QH antivirus appears to be a good choice. The article is adequately written to remind how important it is to go for one in any PC use. Try QH.

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  5. JOGINDER SINGHAugust 28, 2014 at 10:18 AM

    Often facing problem of updating after sometimes using 2g mobile network . and it irritates the user and he decides not to use this next time.

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  6. hi,
    I’ve quick heal antivirus on my laptop.
    whenever I open few websites or portal, many adds comes out and opens so many new windows of adds. if they are malicious then why they comes out in presence of quick heal, and my laptop gets hang for a moment until I ends these from the task bar manager

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  7. Sunil K DhumalAugust 28, 2014 at 8:19 PM

    How to download the Free QH android version offered to me on my mobile ?

    I have purchased on eMac. How to get it protected alongwith my present desktop ?

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  8. Neeraj kumarAugust 29, 2014 at 3:53 AM

    I want to know that how can infected files are removed by scan process manually or automatically? actually i am confused about infected files.

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  9. Neeraj kumarAugust 29, 2014 at 4:02 AM

    I am also interested to know that, is pc backup available on total security pack.

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  10. Shyam S. SarswatAugust 29, 2014 at 8:18 AM

    Dear Sir/Madam,

    I’m using QH TS and I am satisfied very much…
    One request is that please release QH Mobile Antivirus for Windows Platform also…

    Thanks With Regards..

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  11. Nikhil YeolaAugust 29, 2014 at 2:42 PM

    After Boot Scan my Quick Heal antivirus is automatically turned off and it doesn’t turned on so what can i do for turned on?

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  12. Arun MajumderAugust 29, 2014 at 6:50 PM

    Antivirus software is not ensure for for full protection from intrusion of virus or malware. I am posting this from a PC having updated Quick Heal total security 15.00 but neither you can browse safely due to lots of unwanted adds and sites open automatically. even not trusted java as trusted site for which not able to open java sites. Best way of doing internet is in Linux with peace of mind with better speed and safe net surfing without investing for antivirus.

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  13. anukul chandra pramanickAugust 29, 2014 at 8:19 PM

    guys why i cannot update my anti virus?

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  14. Subhadip MisraAugust 30, 2014 at 4:04 AM

    Dear Quick Heal Apk Developer,
    I have Quick Heal internet security in my laptop.
    when run boot time scan machine go to sleep mode. please help me. call me.
    -Yours sincerely,
    Subhadip Misra,
    Sarenga, Bankura,
    9932595804

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  15. our qh pro subscription expired so we stopped using internet till my return trip from mumbai was scheduled, after which i wanted to scan my laptop and check for anyschems from qh total security as am a pro user

    and just within no time my computer crashed despite dick check and was flodded with malwares which was removed by qh however few could not and some dumping virus was detected by our service provider for which we hd to format our c drive and got new qh pro copy

    doesnt qh protect for such transtion events as we are prone for important data loss …. any measures or features for same in case we renew /re install qh pro / total security

    thanks regards

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    • Hi Dr. Abhinav,

      Millions of viruses and other malware are created everyday. For Quick Heal to be able to tackle newly created malware, it requires regular security updates. We would advise you to kindly contact our support team at 0-927-22-33-000. They will provide you with a solution.

      Alternatively, you can also raise a query at http://www.quickheal.com/submitticket.asp. Our support team will get back to you.

      Regards,

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  16. I use windows phone 8.1
    Does it require any antivirus software?
    I dont think so

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  17. Dear Quick Heal Apk Developer

    I have been using Quick Heal antivirus pro for my laptop. But sometimes when i am doing my task(some important work), my system automatically dumped,, and a blue screen appears.
    I want to know why this is so and how i’m come out to it.Please help me to solve this.

    -Yours sincerely,
    Deepa Rani
    Pune,India

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  18. Many time the quick heal internet security gives fantastic message. Like today I am seeing the message that you antivirus is out of date. While I run the update now button, I receive message that your QH is up to date. Such conditions prove that the quick heal is not believable.

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  19. Jagat YadavAugust 31, 2014 at 12:01 AM

    Sir,
    I have installed guardian antivirus(product of quick heal)on window7 laptop. When I installed it on laptop it worked very well. It kept my computer very clean from viruses.But after some months it stopped updating. Once the update is started but it get stuck at end and does not move and there is no problem in internet connection and anything like this. I have got tired by starting it for update again and again. Please help me to solve this problem. I have submitted my some files also which it asked for.please help as early as possible.Thank you!

    Jagat Yadav
    7027243808

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  20. Sujay monalAugust 31, 2014 at 1:49 AM

    Dear sir,
    I have Quick Heal internet security in my laptop
    my Quickheal is not update, please help me,

    -Yours sincerely,
    sujay mondal
    bishnupur,bankura
    cal me-9732602209

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  21. update full problem out of date

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  22. arup karmakarSeptember 1, 2014 at 1:07 AM

    sir, i am facing a problem while using internet.the sites which are in book mark of google chrome opening easily and runing well but when i try to open other new site google chrome show a massage “unable to connect proxy server”.sir i am using quick heal total security.my oprating system is windows xp.please help me to solve the problem.

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    • Hi Arup,

      Have you tried resetting your Internet browser? Please try the steps mentioned below and let us know if this helps:

      Click the Chrome menu on the browser toolbar.
      Select Settings.
      Click Show advanced settings and find the “Reset browser settings” section.
      Click Reset browser settings.
      In the dialog that appears, click Reset.

      Regards,

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  23. realy awesome antivirus

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  24. saikat garai.September 1, 2014 at 2:22 PM

    quickheal is the best anti virous for pc.

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  25. saikat garai.September 1, 2014 at 2:27 PM

    when I update my anti virous then some different types of massages was send to me from quick heal…. and another problem is when I update my quickheal then it updated in the date of 2 days previous. plz help me!

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  26. Dear Quick Heal Apk Developer,
    I have Quick Heal internet security in my laptop.
    when run boot time scan machine go to sleep mode. please help me. call me.
    -Yours sincerely,
    Subhadip Misra,
    Sarenga, Bankura,
    9932595804

    Reply
  27. Thanks for teaching about such myths that I was yet not knowing………Thanks once again.

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  28. After reading this wonderful post, I really want to install quick heal total security tool on my window 7 operating system.It is a trustworthy and versatile product that offers complete system protection without compromising on system performance.

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  29. very good

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  30. Hi,
    Quick Heal Total security on my mobile is running on back date, it shows 07/11/2015 instead of 09/11/2015. why it happens also showing its up to date. is there any thing wrong?

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  31. Amit BijwrMay 5, 2016 at 12:14 PM

    is it possible to know mobile serial number. my phone is lost. i have register police complaint also. My phone model is Samsung Galaxy Grand GT-I8552.

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