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antivirus software

[¦an·tē‚vī·rəs ′sȯf‚wer]
(computer science)
Software that is designed to protect against computer viruses.

antivirus software

(tool)
Programs to detect and remove computer viruses. The simplest kind scans executable files and boot blocks for a list of known viruses. Others are constantly active, attempting to detect the actions of general classes of viruses. antivirus software should always include a regular update service allowing it to keep up with the latest viruses as they are released.
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Last May 30, weeks after his guilty plea, the Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control issued a new general license authorizing for export to Iran smart phones, satellite phones, anti-viral software and other technology related to Internet communication.
Gates responded that medicine can certainly inform engineering, and he presented the example of anti-viral software, which is engineered after the human body's natural defense systems.
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The bank, which already provides anti-viral software, said that the new software provides greater protection for customers who choose to download it from its online banking website.
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