antimalware the new term for antivirus?

Discussion in 'other anti-malware software' started by jarthel, May 22, 2009.

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  1. jarthel

    jarthel Registered Member

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    I've looking at the problems mentioned in the different discussions and "antimalware" are used often. But I also see the old-fashioned term "antivirus".

    are these 2 terms the same?

    Thank you :)
     
  2. bollity

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    I have no problem to consider a spyware or a keylogger as virus.
    So the name " antivirus " still valid for me.
     
  3. Retadpuss

    Retadpuss Suspended Member

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    Malware is everything and anything that is a nasty - lots of types - viri, rogues, worms, trojans etc, etc - malware is all of it.

    Most AVs now try to cover all types of naties so are really AMs - Avira, A2, Prevx etc. You still have apps which focus on spcific areas - like Trojan Remover etc.
     
  4. raven211

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    I would too consider most AVs today as actually AM. That's because there are AS too, and most AVs include AS functionality in addition to extended detection for other malware. ;)
     
  5. lordpake

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    Not necessarily the same. Old-fashioned AVs still call themselves as antivirus, because of marketing. That is what people want to buy, an AV :) on the other hand, their functionality in most cases nowadays covers wider range of bad stuff, such as trojans, keyloggers and so on, thus they actually are more of antimalware than antivirus.
     
  6. the Tester

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    An antivirus is going to target other malware in addition to viruses.
    I think that the antispyware category has morphed into what is commonly called "antimalware" now.
     
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