TECH NOTE: How to Update Your AntiVirus SoftwareDavid Norelid | February 5, 2008
When one talks about antivirus definition updates, one usually speaks in terms of Manual and Automatic updates. A manual update is performed by going to the antivirus vendor’s website, downloading the definitions, and then either installing them by running a program or just placing them in your antivirus software’s definition directory. Antivirus software that automatically updates would download new definitions automatically on a set schedule, once a day or once a week, for example. Most antivirus software is pretty straightforward when it comes to Automatic updating. They will almost always come preconfigured for automatic updates, so they are mostly “set and forget” sort of solutions.
This is no way to make money, however. Due to the nature of ever-evolving virus threats, virus definitions are outdated within days of their release, necessitating some sort of a constantly updating definition system. The major antivirus companies have turned antivirus protection from a software to a service. They do this by selling you “subscriptions” or “licenses” to use the software. This means that when your subscription is finished, you will stop getting updates. That is why it is so important to stay on top of your subscriptions and make sure they don’t run out.
As sort of a follow-up to last week’s post, I went around and compiled links to all the antivirus products I could find. From this comprehensive set of links, you should be able to find the updates to the program you run on your computer. Some of the products can only be updated from within the program itself, meaning that you can’t download the definitions manually. I’ve made a note of those that are only updated manually.
If I missed on that you would like me to find the update link for, then please let me know.
Anti Virus Updates
|Name of Antivirus Product||Update Link|
|avast! Professional Edition||Click Here for the Update|
|AVG Anti-Virus||Click Here for the Update|
|AVIRA AntiVir Personal Edition||Click Here for the Update|
|BitDefender Professional Plus||Click Here for the Update|
|Dr.Web for Windows||Click Here for the Update|
|eScan Anti-Virus||Click Here for the Update|
|ESET NOD32 Anti-Virus||Only from within program*|
|Fortinet FortiClient||Only from within program*|
|F-Prot for Windows||Only from within program*|
|F-Secure Anti-Virus||Click Here for the Update|
|G DATA AntiVirusKit (AVK)||Only from within program*|
|Kaspersky Anti-Virus||Click Here for the Update|
|McAfee VirusScan||Click Here for the Update|
|Microsoft OneCare||Only from within program*|
|Norman Virus Control||Click Here for the Update|
|Symantec Norton Anti-Virus||Click Here for the Update|
|TrustPort Antivirus Workstation||Click Here for the Update|