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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In addition to firewalls and virus scanners, other measures such as encoding software, data security software, content filters, port scanners and other tools should be part of these systems.
The principle functions as follows: virus scanners must recognise as many "Malware" applications as possible - and thereby comprehend and process a large number of file formats.
The white paper proposes that to detect Trojans, one must use a multi-level strategy and deploy multiple virus scanners at the gateway, which would increase the percentage of known Trojans caught; and use content security with executable analysis to detect potentially malicious executables, analyse what they might do and prevent unknown Trojans from entering the network.
One convenient way to protect a whole network from viruses is to install a virus scanner on the file server.
There is also a powerful virus scanner and a nasty word dictionary which stops emails containing swear words and sexually explicit phrases from being delivered - even if the sender is on the authorised list.
Included with Fix-It Utilities 5 is a virus scanner, Recovery Commander for fixing a non-booting system, diagnostics for USB, Firewire, DVD drives and network cards, a registry maintenance tool, a rescue CD creator and an emergency response manual.
Bernard LivePrism solutions offer reporting and integrate a leading virus scanner at the application level, comparing against a library that is updated every 10 minutes to ensure viruses are quickly identified and recorded in the database.
The virus scanning has been achieved through the integration of a real-time virus scanner from F-Secure, a security solutions developer.
System Care Professional provides the highest level of virus and malware protection by incorporating Virus Scanner Pro[TM] and Spyware Scanner Pro[TM].
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The tests outlined in this paper indicates that each virus scanner presents its own strengths and weaknesses, demonstrating that no one anti-virus engine fully protect against all possible threats.
Worldwide Computer Products News-11 March 2002-Free virus scanner now available from Central Command (C)1995-2002 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.