Real Time Antivirus Protection

Discussion in 'other anti-virus software' started by FatalChaos, Aug 23, 2005.

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  1. FatalChaos

    FatalChaos Registered Member

    Aug 6, 2005
    Just how good is real time antivirus prevention anyway? I have used kaspersky for quite a while now, and i noticed that while usually real time protection did not catch anything, an actual scan did. Are there any tests showing how effective real time protection of various anti-viruses are?
  2. Ailric

    Ailric Guest

    Check the Retrospective/ProActive Test.
  3. Technodrome

    Technodrome Security Expert

    Feb 13, 2002
    New York
    av-comparatives tests are on-demand. Virus Bulletin is the only one with on-access tests.

  4. Ned Slider

    Ned Slider Registered Member

    Mar 24, 2005
    You can always test for yourself. Download a copy of the eicar test virus and see if it's detected in real time protection mode - it should be :)

    You can also e-mail it to yourself as an attachment and see if it gets blocked or detected.

    That should assure you that your protection is working.

  5. TopperID

    TopperID Registered Member

    Oct 1, 2004
    There are various reasons why a demand scan is capable of picking things up that the on-access Guard misses. One obvious reason is that you may have the two scanners configured differently; for example your demand scanner may be set to scan 'all files' while the Guard scans 'by extension'. In the case of KAV the Guard will not unpack and examine archives while the demand scanner will. Then again you may have let something entirely new in, before the sig is made available, and you only pick it up 'by demand' later.

    More often than not, the item the Guard misses is something that is not an immediate danger, but if it were to become so (eg. malware extracted out of an archive) the Guard would pounce on it. If the demand scanner was incapable of finding things because the Guard got everything, then there would be no need ever to have a demand scan or, indeed, a demand scanner!

    To answer your question directly - real time protection from KAV is very good indeed!
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