antivirus software

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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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Using commercial anti-viral software about 25 different strains of viruses have been detected so far, but mi2g warns that the software might not help against advanced forms of viruses, which could be of an unknown kind or could be time-triggered and set for a future date.
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