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- AVG v8 heuristic mode
- Caesar Romano
August 16, 2008, 10:40 pm
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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
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
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
like a duck then it must be a duck" approach. This greatly enhances detection.
the negative side is an increase in False Positive declarations. This is where
quarantine action comes into play. If a heuristic detection causes a file to be
identified, the file will go into quarantine. Later when the file's declaration
deemed to be a False Positive, the file can be restored.
In short, heuristics is NOT a gimmick and is quite useful.
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