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The False Positive Possibility

It’s a sudden warning, a promise of invasion — your computer is under attack. A virus has appeared; a code is trying to force its way into the system. All defenses must be used. All protections must be given. And you begin to panic, thinking your files will be lost and your information will be deleted. You try to do all you can, enabling software to battle this Trojan concern. But, when the name of the problem is finally revealed, you… pause, recognizing it as the document you just created mere minutes ago. It’s being identified as an intruder and you’re baffled.

You shouldn’t be.

An all too common concern with anti-virus programs is the appearance of the false positive. As its name implies: the false positive is when a safe file, document or link is somehow identified as malware. It’s misread by software and is attacked — with the result often being the elimination of the source and the user’s inability to access it again. Systems can stall. Commands can become ineffective. And the process can lag.

It is important therefore to choose anti-virus software that is less likely to have this problem. False positives occur most often in lazily crafted programs (especially ones that have not been approved by established manufacturers and are instead independent). It’s necessary to select items that have stellar reputations and have been proven to be secure. Be certain also to avoid too quick updates of your current protections. Read customer testimonials before installing new versions to ensure that they do indeed work — and that they don’t suffer from this flaw.

The false positive can be devastating for users. It’s imperative then to counter it as best as possible. Choose reliable anti-virus software and be aware of any potential problems.


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