Antivirus, anti-virus, or AV software is computer software used to prevent, detect and remove malicious computer viruses. Most software described as antivirus also works against other types of malware, such as malicious Browser Helper Objects (BHOs), browser hijackers, ransomware, keyloggers, backdoors, rootkits, Trojan horses, worms, malicious LSPs, dialers, fraud tools, adware and spyware. Computer security, including protection from social engineering techniques, is commonly offered in products and services of antivirus software companies. This page discusses the software used for the prevention, detection, and removal of malware threats, rather than computer security implemented by software methods.
A specific component of the Antivirus and anti-malware software commonly referred as the on-access or real-time scanner, hooks deep into the operating system’s core or kernel functions in a manner similar to how certain malware itself would attempt to operate, though with the user’s informed permission for protecting the system. Any time the operating system accesses a file, the on-access scanner checks if the file is a ‘legitimate’ file or not. If the file is considered a malware by the scanner, the access operation will be stopped, the file will be dealt by the scanner in pre-defined way (how the Anti-virus program was configured during/post installation) and the user will be notified. This may considerably slow down the operating system depending on how well the scanner was programmed. The goal is to stop any operations the malware may attempt on the system before they occur, including activities which might exploit bugs or trigger unexpected operating system behavior.
Importance and relevance to an enterprise
Latest anti-virus technologies offer combines signature-based, proactive and cloud-assisted technologies – to provide your business with even better defenses against known, new and emerging threats.
Although shared storage offers many advantages, the presence of one infected file can spread malware across the corporate network. These software’s offer to help your business to benefit from shared storage, without compromising on security.
As typical business IT networks become more complex – so does the task of managing them. Antivirus and anti-spam software includes far-reaching systems management capabilities – to ease the load on your IT team and reduce administration costs. From automatic inventories of all hardware and software on your corporate network, through to vulnerability scanning & patch management, plus system provisioning, these system management tools help to make complex IT environments much easier to manage.
Antivirus programs and Internet security programs are useful in protecting a computer or programmable device from malware.
Such programs are used to detect and usually eliminate viruses; however, it is now common to see security suites, containing also firewalls, anti-spyware, theft protection, and so on to more thoroughly protect user. Some of its other benefits are:
One Security Platform
This means the same programmers working from the same codebase have developed technologies that talk together and work together. The result is stability, integrated policies, Useful reporting and intuitive tools.
All tools are from one vendor, delivered in one installation — so you don’t have to go through a new budgeting and justification process to bring your security risks in line with your business objectives.