Do the 'add on bits' nmake a difference?

Discussion in 'other anti-virus software' started by Davidpr, Jun 8, 2007.

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  1. Davidpr

    Davidpr Registered Member

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    I have been looking at the various posts for all the types of AV discussed in this forum.

    For some a basic AV is what they want and it suits them well - e.g. F Prot and perhaps Anti Vir. Other AV's are now coming with rootkit scanners (including Anti Vir), antispyware modules, HIPS modules, some type of sandboxing modules, HTTP scanners, e mail scanners etc.

    So my question is; are these add on's really required, do they make a huge difference in protecting your machine, are they are marketing ploy? Is this a phase to era where AV's will not really be AV's but a single product providing muliple layers of protection?

    Best wishes.
     
  2. bigc73542

    bigc73542 Retired Moderator

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    In my opinion, these "addons" can be very useful tools in the constant fight against malware. As you can see in the screen shot the suite I run has a few.
     

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  3. tamdam

    tamdam Registered Member

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    some add-ons like email scanners and http scanners are useless marketing fluff, which provide no real benefit over the traditional on-access file scanner, although there are some exceptions where they might cover some weaknesses. But there are some features that are definitely good to have, like firewalls, HIPS-like behaviour blockers, and exploit blockers.

    Having said that, there's no suite out there that can match layered defense in terms of theoretical malware: however some of the better suites are definitely adequate enough to handle the "real world" malware.
     
  4. RejZoR

    RejZoR Registered Member

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    email and HTTP scanners are no marketing BS or fluff (or whatever you want to call them).
     
  5. TonyW

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    Bigc, what AV does Blink use?
     
  6. MalwareDie

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    I think Norman
     
  7. midway40

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    Email scanners may be redundant now since most ISP's provide their own internal AV scanning. For example my ISP uses McAfee AV and Postini antispam. I have yet to receive a virus via email and what little Postini misses Windows Mail antispam catches it.

    HTTP scanners are important though.
     
  8. besafe

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    I think the add ons can make a big difference in the amount of protection offered. However, I think in general you are better off piecing together different programs rather than using an all in one.
     
  9. Hipgnosis

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    Yes, it uses Norman AV
     
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