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.
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com advises the following methods of preventing Spyrus infection: deleting any unexpected attachments, even those apparently from friends; using a virus scanner that scans incoming e-mails; using firewalls to stop hacking attacks; and using an e-mail protection service.
There is a powerful virus scanner and a nasty word dictionary which stops emails containing swear and sexually explicit words.
GFI claims that the virus scanner can be used as additional protection for companies that do not perform virus scanning at mail server level or at the gateway.
If the person planning to attack you finds out what anti-virus software you use, for example through the automatic disclaimer added to outgoing emails by some anti-virus engines, he will then create a Trojan specifically to bypass your virus scanner engine, the white paper points out.
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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.
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