How important is it to keep upto date with AV software (not defs/engines)

Discussion in 'other anti-virus software' started by NGRhodes, Jan 12, 2005.

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  1. NGRhodes

    NGRhodes Registered Member

    Jun 23, 2003
    Im sat here on my works PC we are using Mcafee V4.5.1 sp1, but it has the latest engine and definitions on.

    How well do you think it performs to Mcafees latest incarnation ?

    Generalising, what about old v new software (but with latest definitions/engines) with any AV vendor ?

    How important is it ?

    I own Kaspersky 4.5 personal pro (Acutally it just expired), trialled 5 personal pro, waiting for the updated version before I considering purchasing, just wonder how important it is from a virus catching point of view (not software bugs/stability as there will always be these issues).
  2. Infinity

    Infinity Registered Member

    May 31, 2004
    good question if you ask me. I think there will be improvements made regarding mcafee 4.5.1 to version 8 / 9 for some people, for others there won't be. with latest engines regarding to unpackers/heuristics I think you would be safe. as regarding to speed and comptability well you allready know cause that wasn't your question.

    I believe many people still use the old 4.5 pro (kav) just because of the few/none improvements in regarding to version 5 pro (unpackers are the same, speed is even better on my pc and detection is at the moment better as for X defs.). just like me btw I still got the 4.5.93 as backup and is working as a champ.

    In general, I think it would be better to upgrade for various reasons, look at NOD32, it detects more then a year back.

    Just my two cents
  3. dvk01

    dvk01 Global Moderator

    Oct 9, 2003
    Loughton, Essex. UK
    The one big reason for updating softwares is to enable the AV to cope with the latest viruses and worms/trojans etc

    Many older antiviruses cannot fix the newer problems as they were not designed to repair damage to certsin op system files that the newer malwares cause

    Many of this years versions can repair a lot of the damage done
  4. bigbuck

    bigbuck Registered Member

    Jul 7, 2004
    Qld, Aus
    Excellent question Nick, and something which (quietly) worries me. I'm still on NAV 2003 (No flames please!). It has served me quite well, but I am VERY reluctant to add further 'bloat' by upgrading to 20004/2005! Clearly I will have to 'bite the bullet' in the next 12-18 months, and consider a newer version of some AV (Not necessarily Norton!)......but I think I will probably do this on a clean install of XP. Apparently, getting rid of Norton can be quite an arduous and 'messy' task which I am not looking forward to! Certainly, for some people (like me) it is a case of perservering with the AV that came pre-installed with their box.
  5. meneer

    meneer Registered Member

    Nov 27, 2002
    The Netherlands
    I'd say that the more recent tools are more capable to handling polymorphic and packed virusses. Also it will probably be more aware of the rsiky activities of the more recent virusses (blaster, sasser). Their behaviour is the trigger to catch them.
    Scanning using a signature is will only reveal those virusses that match the signature.
  6. zcv

    zcv Registered Member

    Dec 11, 2002
    Same here Buck.

    Thinking of doing exactly that when my subscription runs out in May.

    Regards - Charles
  7. sard

    sard Registered Member

    Apr 18, 2004

    You poor poor person. I'm on my work PC also running that horrible version of Mcafee. The machine is a P4 2.8Ghz 256MB ram but it's regularly brought to a standstill by Mcafee stealing 50%+ CPU.
  8. Buzkashi player

    Buzkashi player Registered Member

    Nov 20, 2004
    How is Kaspersky 3.5 compared to 4.5 and 5? I had it some time ago in windows 98 and liked the low resource usage. I'm told it uses the same defs as the posterior versions so it might be a good backup scanner. Does it run ok in XP?
  9. sir_carew

    sir_carew Registered Member

    Sep 2, 2003
    Santiago, Chile
    I think it's important. As I read in some forums, KAV 3 isn't able to detect some malware that version 4.5 and 5.0 are able to.
    Another example, is NOD32. NOD32 1.0 hasn't the Advanced Heuristic however NOD32 2.0 has the Advanced Heuristic module which is able to detect most new ITW threats.
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