Daily AV updates

Discussion in 'other anti-virus software' started by msingle, Jan 28, 2003.

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  1. msingle

    msingle Registered Member

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    Symantec provides daily AV updates through the Inteligent Updater downloads compared to weekly updates through the LiveUpdate system.

    I know that McAfee and Grisoft don't have this available.

    Do other manufacturers do this?

    Thanks.
     
  2. wizard

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    Their are three different ways how antivirus vendors handle this:

    1. Daily updates

    Pro: always the latest malware detection signatures
    Con: due to less time for 'testing the signatures' potentially higher risk of false positives

    2. fixed scheduled updates (like weekly or monthly) with emergency updates if required

    Pro: you do not to update that often (saves download time and internet bandwhich) and less risk of false positives due to longer testing time of the signatures

    Con: for not ITW related malware like backdoor trojans you have to wait potentially longer for updated protection

    3. unregulary, "if required"

    Pro: see number 2
    Con: see number 2

    Examples for 1: KAV, DrWeb32
    Examples for 2: McAfee, Sophos
    Examples for 3: F-Prot

    I cannot say which of the three methods is the best one as each has pro and cons. I personally tend to prefer option 1 as I use my av program also for trojan protection and therefore I care also about getting quick the latest trojan related signature updates.

    wizard
     
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    I like to add two things:


    1) McAfee has daily updates available but only for manual download somewhere on their AVERT website.

    2) you can get also for F-Prot daily updates if you download from the F-Secure ftp-server.

    wizard
     
  4. adeel

    adeel Guest

    who said grisoft did'nt have this facility....did you even visit thier site?you should..because they have this facility.
     
  5. msingle

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    Ummm I was basing my information on their web site on the home page where it says the current update is 1/28 the previous one was 1/21 and the previous one was 1/10.

    Am I missing something or does that sound like daily updates to you?

     
  6. iceman

    iceman Guest

    Like MsIngle I found NO daily updates at their website.
    no, I don't use avg......
    in a case such as being presented here I prefer to heed the advice of Wizard
     
  7. eda

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    I agree with wizard - there are 3 ways to do AV update. We decide to update avast! in this way:

    1. avast! refuses daily updates (no time to check false alarms)
    2. avast! uses fixed scheduled updates - twice a week with emergency updates.
    3. avast32 V 3 uses true incremental updates - iAVS technology see at http://www.avast.com/iavs.htm - from the 2000. The most importnt features are:
    a. There are fix points (month release) for incremental updates
    b. There is simple check for new update - lower than 100 B of bandwith
    4. avast! 4 going further in the automation of AV update (see - http://www.avast.com/avast4/new.html). It checks for new AV update after login and then every 4 hours and download and install updates automaticaly - the feature hated by some "advance users" in this forum... But we find that it's the right way to update "our users"
     
  8. Technodrome

    Technodrome Security Expert

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    This feature is very useful!!
    A lot of people do forget to update their av software. They are in great risk to get infected since av power lies in virus signatures updates. With auto-update feature such as avast!s, this risk would be much lower. I believe, this feature is very important when it comes to AV software.


    Technodrome
     
  9. Firefighter

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    To Eda from Firefighter!

    One plus more to Avast 4. The way Alwil goes to the absolute top, is one step closer! Let's find the new opportunities! :rolleyes:

    Regards,
    Firefighter!
     
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