12 Facts About Antivirus software


Antivirus software, known as anti-malware, is a computer program used to prevent, detect, and remove malware.

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Antivirus software was originally developed to detect and remove computer viruses, hence the name.

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Antivirus software came into use, but was updated relatively infrequently.

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In 1991, the European Institute for Computer Antivirus Research was founded to further antivirus research and improve development of antivirus software.

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Traditional antivirus software relies heavily upon signatures to identify malware.

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Microsoft recommends that anti-virus Antivirus software be disabled to avoid conflicts with the upgrade installation process.

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Studies in December 2007 showed that the effectiveness of antivirus software had decreased in the previous year, particularly against unknown or zero day attacks.

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In such circumstances, damaged files can only be restored from existing backups or shadow copies; installed Antivirus software that is damaged requires re-installation (however, see System File Checker).

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Anti-virus Antivirus software is not effective at protecting firmware and the motherboard BIOS from infection.

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Antivirus software has some drawbacks, first of which that it can impact a computer's performance.

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Anti-virus Antivirus software has highly privileged and trusted access to the underlying operating system, which makes it a much more appealing target for remote attacks.

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Antivirus software running on individual computers is the most common method employed of guarding against malware, but it is not the only solution.

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