Anti-malware is more important than anti-virus

Discussion in 'other anti-virus software' started by kinder2, Aug 22, 2015.

  1. kinder2

    kinder2 Registered Member

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    There is no need to look for anti virus anymore, today all the problems are coming from malware and trojans
     
  2. J_L

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    Semantics and different terminology for the same kind of thing. Only difference is that anti-malware is supposed to be lighter and compatible with anti-virus by common definition.
     
  3. Krusty

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    All computer viruses are malware but not all malware are viruses. ;)
     
  4. kinder2

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    Why is there forum for antivirus and forum for antimalware? Should combine if what you say is true
     
  5. J_L

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    Well, anti-malware is a broader term that can include non-traditional forms of detection/protection/etc. that are not covered by the other subforums.

    If we were to not cater to common users and their definitions, I'd prefer subforums like blacklisting, whitelisting, behaviour blocking, and whatnot instead.
     
  6. RejZoR

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    All "antivirus" programs in existence are anti-malware. There is not a single security software that only focuses on viruses (file infectors). It's just a terminiology thing, people are used tot he term so much it remained, even though the purpose of software has changed long time ago...
     
  7. Victek

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    True, but unfortunately in actual use it seems that many (designated) antivirus programs can't effectively block/detect/remove malware. That's why programs like MBAM and Hitman Pro are needed. Like the OP I sometimes feel that AV has no apparent benefit. I still run it though just in case.

    Edit: I think the larger issue with AVs is the fact that many still don't block/remove PUPs and PUPs cause a lot of the problems.
     
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  8. RejZoR

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    It doesn't matter what they are called and what they are called doesn't indicate their efficiency at removing things. It's just a matter of design of a particular program. And I wouldn't say Malwarebytes is particularly exceptional. It's just the most convenient for the given task. Most of the time...
     
  9. hawki

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    I agree. I do not believe there is any such thing as an Anti-Virus Program any more. "Anti-Virus" is really generally used to identify an anit-virus/anti-malware program that does not include a firewall.
     
  10. Victek

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    One practical reason why the labeling matters is antivirus typically will not coexist with other antivirus programs while antimalware apps usually will get along with antivirus as well as other antimalware apps; in other words it matters if you want a layered setup. As you say what they are called though doesn't say anything about how capable they are.
     
  11. RejZoR

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    Nonsense. The naming has nothing to do with anything and everything to do with a design of a specific program. You can name your program "Banana bread twists" and have all the same qualities as Anti-Malware tools.
     
  12. Daveski17

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    I can't find Banana bread twists in the Ubuntu repo ... ;)
     
  13. RejZoR

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    It's a Windows only program :p
     
  14. Daveski17

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    That explains it! :argh:
     
  15. Rico

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    In day's of yore it was: AV+AS+FW, when AV's became suites, they claimed to do it all. So Tr's are covered by today's AV
     
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