In order to better understand where spyware is going, or more importantly, where it’s evolved from, we actually need to wind the clock back a lot further than may be first imagined; in fact, over fifteen years. If we look at the embryonic stages of the anti-virus industry, around sixteen years ago there were the first boot-sector viruses. It has taken this time for viruses as we’ve traditionally known them to evolve towards the more commercially viable, or intellectual-property-theft status that we now associate with contemporary viruses, a fact not realized by many. This whitepaper goes in-depth to discuss the history of spyware and its evolving future.
Today’s targeted malware attacks are infecting unsuspecting businesses at astonishing rates, rendering traditional antivirus solutions ineffective. Reported and known viruses are becoming less important compared to the increase in unknown threats and attacks.
Anti-virus does much more than reactively detect known viruses; it proactively scans for unknown ones too. So, how do scanners really work? The aim of this paper is to reduce some of the confusion around the workings of AV technology, and to clarify what is realistic to expect from AV protection, particularly heuristic analysis.
Published By: Sunbelt
Published Date: Jan 15, 2009
Sunbelt Software’s new VIPRE Enterprise package is ideally suited to combating legacy and new blended malware threats from traditional viruses to the newest spam and Trojans. It optimizes overall system performance by incorporating antivirus and antispyware protection into a single engine that consumes minimal system resources and costs 50% to 75% less than competing products.