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Antivirus technology is a crock. It fails to prevent computers from getting
infected with viruses, and this failure contributes to many other security woes
that plague the world's computers...

The level of virus infection is high. It's not an epidemic; it's a pandemic. How
bad is it? That depends on how you look at it.

For the home computer user and small-business user, infection is chronic...

Big companies aren't immune, either. The 2005 Yankee Group Security Leaders &
Laggards Survey indicated that while 99% of enterprises have deployed antivirus
programs, 62% got infected by viruses...

So why is it that AV technology does such an inept job? Consider the following
information, published last year by AusCERT, Australia's Computer Emergency
Response Team.

The most popular AV products fail to prevent 80% of new viruses. AusCERT
declined to name the AV companies publicly, but in case you didn't know, the
leading AV vendors are Symantec (SYMC), McAfee (MFE), and Trend Micro (TMIC), in
that order.

Mind you, it isn't necessarily the case that these products are technically
inferior to other AV products. It's just that most virus writers test their
viruses against the popular AV products before unleashing them on the world.

Because of this, AV technology is doomed to be ineffective, and it is never
going to be effective. The AV vendors have built "burglar alarms" that alert you
only if a known burglar tries to enter your house. Any burglar that they don't
recognize gets in unopposed...


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Ben Dover wrote:
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infected with viruses, and this failure contributes to many other security woes
that plague the world's computers...
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Laggards Survey indicated that while 99% of enterprises have deployed antivirus
programs, 62% got infected by viruses...
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information, published last year by AusCERT, Australia's Computer Emergency
Response Team.
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declined to name the AV companies publicly, but in case you didn't know, the
leading AV vendors are Symantec (SYMC), McAfee (MFE), and Trend Micro (TMIC), in
that order.
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inferior to other AV products. It's just that most virus writers test their
viruses against the popular AV products before unleashing them on the world.
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going to be effective. The AV vendors have built "burglar alarms" that alert you
only if a known burglar tries to enter your house. Any burglar that they don't
recognize gets in unopposed...
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could it be something to do with the fact that some people assume their
Antivirus totally absolves them from acting sensibly in terms of not
clicking on unknown .exe files downloaded etc.?

--
Wilf

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In other shock news, modern medicine has still not yet
eradicated all diseases.

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says...
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declined to name the AV companies publicly, but in case you didn't know, the
leading AV vendors are Symantec (SYMC), McAfee (MFE), and Trend Micro (TMIC), in
that order.

Only the ignorant assume that AV software protects them from unknown
viruses, as the people that understand know that AV solutions are
reactionary.

Anyone with a company that doesn't have a proper firewall deserves what
they get - a proper firewall will block attachments and block downloads
from the web of types that would contain malware.


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infected with viruses, and this failure contributes to many other security woes
that plague the world's computers...


No, people are stupid. Therefore, those who are malcious and not stupid
take advantage of them. That is what contributes to the "woes that
plague the world's computers". Well, that along with the fact that they
choose to use Microsoft products.

Use Linux and rid yourself of the headache.


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Bill wrote:
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infected with viruses, and this failure contributes to many other security woes
that plague the world's computers...
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'People are stupid' is a stupid statement. People are people, some are
stupid, most just want to use a computer for what computers do. Linux is
too techie. It won't find general support until it comes fully
configured on new machines with apps to match and I don't expect that to
happen any time soon unless Apple go that route.
I've never found getting a virus to be a problem using the normal
recommended precautions. A system that catches known burglars is better
than nothing even though less than perfect.
Dave Cohen

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Dave Cohen wrote:
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most people just want to use a car for what cars do, that doesn't mean
they don't have to be careful while doing it...

--
"it's not the right time to be sober
now the idiots have taken over
spreading like a social cancer,
is there an answer?"

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Ben Dover wrote:
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bad analogies, fud, and misunderstanding alternative technologies...

http://anti-virus-rants.blogspot.com/2007/01/anti-virus-is-not-faulty-burglar-alarm.html

--
"it's not the right time to be sober
now the idiots have taken over
spreading like a social cancer,
is there an answer?"

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