Stupid Question

Discussion in 'other anti-virus software' started by The One, Sep 2, 2007.

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  1. The One

    The One Frequent Poster

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    Hi
    Just a silly question I'm dealing with for myself.
    Why would a program with updates only once per day be more safe than programs which update more times a day?
     
  2. Long View

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    perhaps because a program which only updates once per day has less opportunity to produce false positives ?
     
  3. Nubiatech

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    I guess what counts is the quality of the update.
     
  4. Kerodo

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    An AV that updates more than once a day would theoretically contain the latest defs for new stuff just hitting the net, so it would probably be better I guess, but it kinda depends on how fanatical you wanna get with all that, and whether you think you need something like an hourly update. So I think the one that updates more often is probably safer (if any), not the other way around..
     
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    e.g. maybe because it adds more malware in one update (and undergoes more QA testing) than all the small updates together which are released in a hurry, or has a better overall detection than the other product (and therefore already detects most of the stuff that the other vendor adds ) or because it has a better e.g. heuristic and has no need to update so often, etc. Preferable would be a program with high detection rates, good heuristic and updates.
     
  6. The One

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    Ok so Symantec does more research on their updates than for example Kaspersky or Avira?
     
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    My guess would be that they can't be that safe. The more often the update how safer.
     
  8. dawgg

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    Possibly... or maybe its slower?.. I dont know... and I'm sure most users here dont know either.
    Hourly updates can also be deemed better because if there's a newly detected virus, you'll be protected from it quicker if you get a update the next hour than if you get a update a day (or few) later... Positive and negative sides of both.
     
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