What are the modules in NOD32 AV v4?

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  1. rnfolsom

    rnfolsom Registered Member

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    In NOD32 AV 2.7's Control Panel, I think I knew what the modules were: AMON, DMON, EMON, IMON, and NOD32 (which really meant various types of On-demand scans). Also in the Control Panel were Update, Logs, and System Tools, but my guess is that they did not qualify as modules.

    In NOD32 AV 4.0.437, the word "module" is used in various places in the online Help file and in the User Guide (Rev 20090520-005), but I have not been able to find a list of modules (but that I can't find something doesn't mean it isn't there).

    In the Entire Advanced Setup tree, are the items listed under Antivirus and Antispyware modules? These items are Real-time file system protection, Document Protection, Email client protection, Web access protection, On-demand computer scan, Exclusions, and Protocol filtering.

    Alternatively, in the Entire Advanced Setup tree, are the main categories modules? These categories are Antivirus and antispyware, Update, Tools, User Interface, and Miscellaneous.

    Or are modules something entirely different, perhaps hidden from the user?

    Thanks for any help.

    Roger Folsom
     
  2. BFG

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    Hi rnfolson,

    ESET Anti Virus isn't being mentioned as a "Suite" of separate programs but an "integrated security solution" instead.

    The modules are the different types of scanners that make up this integrated program. AntiSpyware, Real-time protection, HTTP scanning, and the On-demand scanner are just some of these modules,

    BFG
     
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    Go to help, about, in the gui to see the modules.
     
  4. WayneP

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    This will show the different modules as well as the version of each one.
     
  5. rnfolsom

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    ronjor and WayneP:

    Thanks for telling me to look at the main GUI window's Help, About, for a list of modules.

    I was intrigued to that the list's title is "Installed components" rather than "Installed modules" --- especially given the discussion elsewhere about components (" Signature Update Notices," particularly AGoretsky's message 12, at https://www.wilderssecurity.com/showthread.php?t=242544) --- but that each individual item listed is labeled as a module.

    Apparently there is no correlation between the list of items in the "Entire advanced setup tree" and the list of modules. That was a surprise. But please see my message to BFG, below.

    Thanks to you both for the education.

    Roger Folsom

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    ESET NOD32 v4.0.437.0 Antivirus,AntiSpyware Installed Components, RNF's Win2kSp4 computer, 28 July 2009

    Virus signature database: 4286 (2009072:cool:
    Update module: 1028 (20090302)
    Antivirus and antispyware scanner module: 1229 (20090724)
    Advanced heuristics module: 1095 (20090727)
    Archive support module: 1098 (20090721)
    Cleaner module: 1043 (2009072:cool:
    Anti-Stealth support module: 1012 (20090526)
    SysInspector module: 1213 (20090507)
    Self-defense support module : 1005 (20081105)
     
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  6. rnfolsom

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    BFG:

    Your understanding of "module," and my own guesses about the meaning of "module" until I read ronjor's and WayneP's posts, are different from the list of modules (at Help, About) to which ronjor and WayneP invited my attention. Although the items on your list are included in the "Entire Advanced Setup list" (if by "Antispyware" you meant "Antivirus and antispyware"), on your list only "Antivirus and antispyware" is on the Help, About list.

    The source of the differences between the Help, About list of modules and your list of modules may be that Eset's use of the word "module," in the User Guide and perhaps also in the online Help file (which I have not checked because the results wouldn't give me page numbers to cite), may not always be consistent with the Help, About list. If so, that's bound to cause confusion about what a "module" is.

    In EAV4 User Guide Rev 20090520-005 (no longer available online) and probably also in UG Rev 20090213-002 (an older version available at http://www.eset.com/download/manuals.php), see pages 4(ok), 9, 12(ok), 13, 18, 19, 20, 30?, 31?, and 35?. (In pages marked ok, all uses of "module" refer to "Antivirus and antispyware," which Help, About does list as a module. In pages marked ?, I'm not sure whether they are or are not consistent with the list at Help, About.)

    Roger Folsom
     
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  7. agoretsky

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    [Message edited to correct mistake in and add more detail to original text. AG]

    Hello,

    In the About window (i.e., the dialog which opens when you select Help → About from the ESET User Interface window), the phrase "Installed Components" is used because it is possible to have other objects listed in the text box besides what are traditionally thought of as modules by end users. Currently, the only item listed which does not have the text 'module' in it is the component which contains information about malware, i.e., the Virus Signature Database. For purposes of simplicity, that 'module' is referred to as the Virus Signature Database, although it could just as easily be called a component, library, module or even a plugin (although the latter word tends to connote an optional function, which is unlikely for most users of the software).

    As it is, the aforementioned components (or modules, if you will) can be utilized at different points by the software. For example, the real-time On Access Scanner, scheduled On Demand Scan and Web Access Protection scanner might all make use of the Archive Support Module if you opened a .ZIP file, ran a scan of a disk volume containing a .ZIP file or downloaded a .ZIP file from a web server in order to open the .ZIP file and inspect the contents.

    The English language is, at times, a somewhat imprecise language. I think what is at stake here is less an issue of function than one of definition. Hopefully, I've made things a little clearer. If not, let me know.


    Regards,

    Aryeh Goretsky


     
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    Aryeh Goretsky:

    Thanks very much for your response. As always, it helped a lot, in this case because of your news that, at the moment, ESET uses the words "module" and "component" somewhat interchangeably.

    However, you wrote, "Currently, the only item listed which does have the text 'module' in it is the component which contains information about malware"

    but after checking my list of "Installed Components" (twice <grin>) I think you meant

    "Currently, the only item listed which does [not] have the text 'module' in it is the component which contains information about malware," i.e. the Virus signature database.

    Agreed?

    In any case, you are correct that English often is (rather than "is, at times, somewhat") imprecise. Assuming calm weather in the North Sea, Britain was very easy to invade, and each invader --- Angles, Saxons, Vikings, French, plus U.S. military "invaders" during WWII --- brought in its own language, so British English has a huge vocabulary with a lot of duplicate and semi-duplicate words and phrases. And American English might be even more varied than British English, if it's true that we get more non-English-speaking immigrants than Britain does, and given the substantial difference in some words' connotations in different regions of the U.S.

    But English's enormous vocabulary, although a pain to learn, can be very useful. Having taught many (economics) classes with a mix of "born in the USA" and international students for whom English was a second language, I do strongly recommend, as time permits, that ESET revise its documentation (User Guides and online Help), to consistently use "component" for one list of things, and "module" for a different non-overlapping list of other things.

    Cordially, and with much appreciation for your response, Roger Folsom
     
  9. beckyblind

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    but how about vulnerability scan, or trace clean-up that eset don't have?
     
  10. agoretsky

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    Hello,

    Yes, that is indeed correct. To quote one of my favorite authors:
    Thank you for pointing that out, I will edit the message to correct my mistake.

    Regards,

    Aryeh Goretsky

     
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