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+ - So, how dead is antivirus exactly?

Submitted by Safensoft
Safensoft (3698257) writes "Symantec recently made a loud statement that antivirus is dead ( ) and that they don’t really consider it to be a source of profit. Some companies said the same afterwards; some other suggested that Symantec just wants a bit of free media attention. Some companies just silently recommend using advanced information protection ( ) and press is full of data on antivirus efficiency being quite low. A notable example would be the Zeus banking Trojan and how only 40% of its versions can be stopped by antiviruses ( ). Arms race of protection and malware developers is probably not going to stop, so this situation will remain.

On the other hand, nobody was thinking too much of antivirus anyway for a long time already ( ), so it’s hardly surprising. It’s not a panacea; the only question that remains is just how exactly should antivirus operate in modern security solutions. Should it be one of the key parts or protection solution or it should be reduced to protection against only the easiest and already well known threats?

It’s not only about dealing with threats, too, there are also performance concerns. Processors get better and interaction with hard drives becomes faster but at the same time antiviruses require more and more of that power. Real time file scanning, constant updates and regular checks on the whole system only mean one thing – as long as antivirus is thorough, productivity while using this computer go down severely. And this situation is not going to change, ever, so we have to deal with it.

But how exactly? Is the massive migration of everything, from workstations to automatic control systems in industry, even possible? Or maybe using whitelisting protection on windows-based machines is the answer? Or we should all just sit and hope for Microsoft to give us a new windows with good integrated protection like windows 8 is stated to have? Any other ways to deal with it?"
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So, how dead is antivirus exactly?

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