Self Protection Needed?

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  1. duke1959

    duke1959 Very Frequent Poster

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    Since programs like Comodo Firewall, KAV, AOL Active Virus Shield, and Spyware Terminator have Self Protection, and Avast and Antivir are working on having it. I was just wondering how important it really is to have? AVG ISS doesn't have it, which has a Firewall, AV, and AS Component. I posted here in the Antivirus section, thinking the AV would be the most important one to have Self Protection if needed.
     
  2. C.S.J

    C.S.J Massive Poster

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    AVG ISS has real time protection
     
  3. MalwareDie

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    C.S.J. i think he means if the programs can protect themselves from termination not if they have real time protection. I am unsure. Im a newb
     
  4. duke1959

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    Yes, sorry I did mean for software's to protect themselves from termination like the ones I mentioned.
     
  5. MalwareDie

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    I am not sure how important is for a prgram to be able to protect themselves from termination. I would guess important to some degree because i believe some malware will attempt to terminate your antivirus.
     
  6. Randy_Bell

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    Also Norton products have had it for few years now. That used to be a point of criticism of Norton, that it was easy to terminate, but not anymore {I think, 2005 version and higher, have self-protection}. Self-protection, or termination resistance, is most important for AV and firewall, as that is the target of most malware, to terminate the AV/firewall as soon as the malware becomes active. If the AV/firewall can stop the malware before the malware becomes active, self-protection is moot, but if not, then self-protection is a last line of defense. HTH .. :) ;)
     
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    Also protects against modification of the registry keys owned by the software, and from dll injection.
     
  8. duke1959

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    So an AV like Antivir with it's highly rated Detection and Heuristics may not need Self Protection?
     
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    Of course it needs!!! or it can be easily disabled with a simple command. :ouch:

    Every major AV like KAV, NOD32, Norton and a few others... have it.
     
  10. the Tester

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    I agree with Randy Bell.
    Self-protection is most important for a FW and AV.

    As far as whether it is really needed or not,I'd much rather have it.;)
     
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    Very important. A malware could inject its code into all running processes to gain control. A self protection in avs such as Norton, Kaspersky etc will stop the attempt to do this into the av.
     
  12. lodore

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    if i remember correctly norton had it since the 2003 version which was the last verson i used.
    it was a new feature for that version
    lodore
     
  13. ashishtx

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    I would definately say Yes. A must feature for every pc security product. Are there any reasons why many security software doesn't have it? Any ideas? o_O
     
  14. C.S.J

    C.S.J Massive Poster

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    i think its because the 'many' that dont have it, have other ways of just blocking the malware trying to do it, i think.
     
  15. proactivelover

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    nod32 does not have this ability
    i checked it
     
  16. lodore

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    i thought that it didnt have self protection but it came back if its stopped?
    lodore
     
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