AVG v8 heuristic mode

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Does using the "heuristic" scan mode in AVG 8 do any good? Is that
useful or just a gimmick?


Re: AVG v8 heuristic mode




| Does using the "heuristic" scan mode in AVG 8 do any good? Is that
| useful or just a gimmick?


Heuristics is something that all anti virus applications/scanners perform to one
degree or
another.
Some you just enable/disable.  Others you can enable with at various levels.

Basically all AV scanners use signature based detection.  Heuristics takes it a
step
further based upon known characteristic in the case of there not be a signature
for a new
infector.  Here the application/scanner takes the, "if it walks like a duck and
squawks
like a duck then it must be a duck" approach.  This greatly enhances detection.
However
the negative side is an increase in False Positive declarations.  This is where
a
quarantine action comes into play.  If a heuristic detection causes a file to be
falsely
identified, the file will go into quarantine.  Later when the file's declaration
was
deemed to be a False Positive, the file can be restored.

In short, heuristics is NOT a gimmick and is quite useful.

--
Dave
http://www.claymania.com/removal-trojan-adware.html
Multi-AV - http://www.pctipp.ch/downloads/dl/35905.asp



Re: AVG v8 heuristic mode



On Sat, 16 Aug 2008 19:20:50 -0400, "David H. Lipman"

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Thanks very much for the comments David.

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