Products often open computers to hacks they otherwise wouldn’t be vulnerable to.
Most people call it anti-virus but really it is more and called endpoint protection. Some big names on this list. Disappointing this exists. If these exist, there are probably other vulnerabilities just waiting to be used.
It makes you wonder if going bare naked on a computer is the safest way to use a computer. It seems crazy, but the less software you use, the better off you are. I have said before my idea of modular software in which you only pay for the things you use. The problem is that the computer as great as a tool it is, overwhelms most people with choice. I see everyday people who look at the toolbar/ribbon in Word and can’t find the tool they need because there are too many icons on the screen. You really have to look at something for a long time before it doesn’t seem overwhelming with choice.
It also seems crazy that we throw functionality at people but we overwhelm with choice. So for example this endpoint protection has all kinds of great features, but every feature also opens up the ability of malware to exploit it. Instead of assuming everyone is either an idiot like the iPad or a power user like most Linux users, there should be a guided tour of what is possible. Or better yet, context-sensitive functionality. That is, when you need to write then you have the choices presented to you as icons. When you need more detail you click on the icon and then go to an icon nested in that icon. It sounds more complicated than it is. I love how that system works. You just need to remember some icons which people remember and you can find anything.
Anyway, still continue to update your endpoint protection software and stay safe out there!