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Windows antivirus measures failing?

updated 11:50 am EST, Mon December 24, 2007

Windows Antivirus Failure

The third-party antivirus software for Windows PCs is buckling under the load of advanced security threats, German computer magazine c't reports in its latest issue. A comparison of 17 different antivirus tools show that while a few programs are adept at picking up known trojans viruses, such as AVG and BitDefender, most have seen a degraded ability to recognize malware that does not fit existing patterns. With the exceptions of F-Secure and NOD32, most halved their detection rates of unknown from 40-50 percent in January to just 20-30 percent. This places most Windows PCs at risk of catching a 'wild' virus before the antivirus software firms have a chance to update their signatures to recognize it, c't warns.

These failures are largely attributed to the increasing complexity of the malicious code itself. An increasing number of virus threats are designed to recognize and bypass the most common security programs, rendering behavior-based and traditional detection methods obsolete.

The software is also placing an increasing burden on the host computers, the magazine adds. The operating system's performance is more likely to drop while the antivirus utility runs in the background, while false alarms have increased and led people to believe useful files were viruses. In a separate incident, Kaspersky has accidentally flagged Windows' shell program Explorer as a virus and threatened to quarantine the code. [via Heise UK]

by MacNN Staff



  1. BelugaShark

    Joined: Dec 1969



    What a shocking article! How many programs will Windows try to sell you if it found a spyware or malware on your computer? Why doesn't it ask you if you wanted to delete it?

  1. makesense

    Joined: Dec 1969



    My Windows (and Mac) computers have been running without anti-virus for 3 years without a single hickup (in contrast to all the choking caused by the anti-virus programs I use to have to maintain and over the years get sucked into higher TCO). My computers run non stop and go to hundreds of web sites each week. I do not open weird email attachments. Actually, my various email providers clean viruses, and from time to time have notified me that they removed a virus attachment.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969



    show that while a few programs are adept at picking up known trojans viruses,

    Trojans viruses?

    And isn't one of the points of malware/viruses/trojans/etc is to avoid detection? So wouldn't you think those writing them would try to make them undetectable?

    BUt I agree with makesense. I don't run anti-virus software on my macs or PC, as it just slows things down.

    Even with antivirus software at work, I think I recall only one email trojan going around in 10 years. The virus programs picked that up, BTW.

  1. jarod

    Joined: Dec 1969


    LOL REALLY????

    There's only one sure fire cure for viruses on PCs and that it to shut down MicroSHIT; the plague that curses those poor souls that don't know any better.

  1. Deal

    Joined: Dec 1969


    It's no wonder

    Of course the utility flagged WIndows shell as malware. It is!

  1. gskibum3

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Yo! Just a few days ago while doing your daily trolling you said this in a thread regarding my criticism about Symantec's Mac anti-virus tripe, and Mac anti-virus in general, and my position that anti-virus on the Mac is worse than a waste of time and money.

    "It's not about politeness, it's about business common sense. If you pass along a file that had a virus attached to it, how does that make you look in the eyes of the receiver, anyway? "Hey, look, gskibum3 sent me a file with a macro virus in it. I wonder if I should be doing business with someone who cares about his work so little as to not even bother scanning the files before sending them out..."

    But, hey, if you want to live in your little world of "It's a PC virus, what do I care", feel free. I'm sure the people getting the work you would be getting will be pleased."

    So this week you state you don't use anti virus on your Macs? When a week ago you said NOT using anti virus lacks business common sense.


    Get a life you pathetic troll.

  1. Monde

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Compared to the virus free world of Mac, you have to wonder why anyone would put down good cash on these machines.

    I don't know a single person, on windows, who has be able to avoid this problem. It seems like every 4 months or so the IT guy has to come in an reinstall Windows on our office machines to combat this c***. Only to have to repeat it again a short few months later. You can imagine how they increasing regard my Mac in high regard as they go through this.

    Recently there was a warning for Mac users about the security of their platform. Yet, if you think about it, this is the big story and-in my experience-the more factual. Macs are still running without virus, malware and spyware attacks.

  1. tonton

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Yeah he's annoying...

    But I probably wouldn't feel confident doing business with someone who pays so little attention to what they read and write that they misspell someone's name (testudo, not "testudio") when it's been repeated *ad nauseum*, either.

  1. climacs

    Joined: Dec 1969


    windows is good for

    the economy. Look at what monde pointed out - how many IT guys would be out of work if enterprises ran on Macs?

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    re: yeah, he's annoying

    I just assume they can't spell, or intentionally misspell my name (although I don't understand the testudio misspelling, unless it's Phil Collins writing it up - testurdo, or testicludo is usually the age level of the posters here).

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