Why anti-viruses are called anti-viruses nowadays?

Discussion in 'other anti-virus software' started by Firefighter, Nov 19, 2005.

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  1. Firefighter

    Firefighter Registered Member

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    I've just checked 200 snapshots in Jotti's where snapshots in RAR/ZIP/CAB/COM formats were excluded. Totally 5.5 % of those snapshots were about viruses/worms. Still we have the official ItW list of viruses and programs like ANTI-VIRUSES. Are these a joke when the real threat is totally elsewhere? o_O

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  2. RejZoR

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    It has nothing to do with detected malware but rather history and how people named them back then. At first there were mostly parasitic viruses. So they called them anti-virus. Times changed and we got all sorts of trash. Name remained because everyone knows that anti-virus is against parasites that can damage your PC. Thats why majority of ppl still say the have a "virus" on their PC even though it's actually a Beagle or lets say Sober worm.
    Compare it with Norton brand. Everyone knows it from the past. Pretty much the same is also for word "anti-virus". If someone that doesn't work with security everyday like we do wants to buy a "security solution" to protect his PC...
    He'll see a Kaspersky Anti-Malware on the box. What's that for he'll say or even skipped it. But anyone recognizes the word "anti-virus" right away. Thats the main reason.
     
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    Note that some are starting to change what they call themselves...Esets NOD32 is now calling itself Anti-Threat, for prevention against threats, etc.

    What used to be just viruses a few years ago has evolved into other types of threats, ad/spy/malware/trojans, etc.

    Education of the public as they shift their focus can take a while.
     
  4. Firefighter

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    Right attitude.

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