AV and features.

Discussion in 'polls' started by sir_carew, Dec 19, 2003.

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In an AntiVirus, what feature do you consider more important?

  1. The heuristic engine

    2 vote(s)
    28.6%
  2. daily updates

    1 vote(s)
    14.3%
  3. the detection rates

    4 vote(s)
    57.1%
  4. the interface, and languaje

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  5. The system requieriments

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  6. the help file and FAQ

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  7. the support and the lab

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  8. the settings

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
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  1. sir_carew

    sir_carew Registered Member

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    Hi,
    I consider that the most important is the heuristic engine, because it proactively protect you from new worms, viruses, malware, etc.
     
  2. the Tester

    the Tester Registered Member

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    For me detection rate is most important.
    I also like heuristics for the reason already stated.
    Support and the lab?
    Those two items are important also,but an a/v has to have a good detection rate.
    Otherwise,how can I trust that particular program? ;)
     
  3. bellgamin

    bellgamin Very Frequent Poster

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    If the detection rates are top-notch, I don't care if they do it with heuristics or an ouija board. Like Dolly Parton always sez, "It's what's up front that counts." ;)
     
  4. Godzilla

    Godzilla AV Expert

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    The detection rate.
    After this the detection rate.
    Then the detection rate.
    Then a while nothing...
    ...and after this the detection rate :D

    Because this does include heuristic as well.

    Or is a heuristical detection not a detection and does not count into the phrase "detection rate" ? :D
     
  5. bigc73542

    bigc73542 Retired Moderator

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    If you don't have a good detection rate you just don't have an antivirus worth keeping
     
  6. sir_carew

    sir_carew Registered Member

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    No necessary, for example KAV have best rate than NOD, however there are many old viruses that aren't spreading.
    The KAV databases include many viruses/malware than NOD not, but NOD is identical effective than KAV, or maybe more, because the heuristic of NOD detect many new worms, viruses that the heuristic of KAV not detect. I'm speacially speaking about mass-mailing worms and P2P worms that are currently spreading.
    The detection rate in the AV aren't all.
     
  7. bigc73542

    bigc73542 Retired Moderator

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    I won't argue with you on this point But with twenty plus years in the software compatibility field working with networked systems and single user computers I will stick by my guns and say that without good detection rates an antivirus is risky at best. And as far as hueristics go that is just a software program making a guess that a file or e-mail might be infected. along with good detection rates hueristics are a great addition but on their own hueristics are not that great yet. But the final decision on what protection you deem appropriate is yours alone. :)
     
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