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Malware Evolving Too Fast for Antivirus Apps

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Bad guys use sophisticated testing to create malware that can evade even the best security programs.

If you think that the latest security suites afford complete protection against malware attacks, think again. Today's for-profit malware pushers use dedicated test labs and other increasingly professional techniques to improve their chances of infecting your computer. And the techniques they employ to outpace security software makers appear to be working.

 

Make no mistake--a good security program can go a long way toward keeping you in control of your system. But PC World's recent tests of security suites found that new malware easily evaded the applications. In our tests of how well security software blocks unknown malicious programs, the best performer detected only one in four new malware samples. In contrast, February 2007 results from similar heuristics testing showed that the best utilities caught about half of new samples.

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This is an unfortunate truth, just take a look around the malware section of various forums and you will see that both users with and without anti-virus software both can easily get infected. This part of the article still says it all, though.

Make no mistake--a good security program can go a long way toward keeping you in control of your system.

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Also a common sense is a perfect companion to every security program - in theory, with this you don't even need antivirus or anti-malware. And I recommend it to everyone who I guide in safe computing =).

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Also a common sense is a perfect companion to every security program - in theory, with this you don't even need antivirus or anti-malware. And I recommend it to everyone who I guide in safe computing =).

Unfortunately "common sense" is not a common commodity these days :(

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Very strong reason to utilize the current benefits of "Virtual" protection.

 

I say current benefits, as who knows if the bad guys may one day find a way to circumnavigate these as well. Lets hope not.

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