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Can anti-virus programs that you have to pay for corrupt your personal files?

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#1 bigbrown411


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Posted 04 September 2013 - 03:24 PM

Is this possible, how often does this occur, etc. Webroot SecureAnywhere for example. Can this anti-virus program corrupt your personal files?

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Posted 04 September 2013 - 05:02 PM

I have worked on many computers and installed many subscribtion antivirus programs. I never came across an issue where personal files are affected from an antivirus program, especially Webroot. Most infections attack main system files that cause the OS to do crazy things, depending on the infection. In most cases, infections wont attack personal information like pictures, music, documents, etc. because they are not active programs or have anything to do with the main OS running. I am not saying that it will never happen, but I dont think you will have to worry about Webroot or any other antivirus corrupting personal files. However, if you really are worried about your personal information, back it up to a flash drive or external HDD to be on the safe side, which I would recommend doing regardless if you have antivirus or not.

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Posted 04 September 2013 - 06:42 PM

I agree with bory504...and my experience with installing various anti-virus solutions has been the same.
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