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September 8, 2006, 12:05 pm
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Re: spybot question
| When I run Norton anti-virus it checks about 200,000 files on my pc (full
| system scan).
| When I run Spybot it checks about 42,000 files. Is this OK or is there
| someting in Spybot's settings I need to alter ?
Anti Virus software uses Heuristics and signatures and need to scan sleected
files or all
files to match signatures vs whats in each file. Additionally, if a given anti
package is told to scan archive files one file may represent many files thus
total number of files scanned. this is often shown if you compare the number of
on a hard disk vs. the number of files scanned. That number of files scanned
could be much
larger if the "scan archive files" is es enabled. such files are; ZIP, CAB,
ARJ, LZH, CHM,
SpyBot is a a RULES based scanner. That means it uses a a fixed set of rules to
specific areas for malware known to the software. when you download SpyBot
updates, you add
additional rules to the list to scan for.
Thus you are comparing apples to oranges and I hope Wolf K and I have given you
information to understand the differences.