Risky Business: Security Software Testing

On the other hand, security software by its nature is more prolific and more likely to interfere in your way of computing. First of all, all good anti-virus software packages install on-demand / on-demand scanning. This means that each time you run a program, each time you access a document or spreadsheet, each time you access a directory in Explorer, the antivirus program scans it for viruses. Unfortunately, the consequences of this is that it slows down your computer. Unfortunately, all vendors set the on-demand / on-demand scan as a default setting when the software is installed. They must.

When you install the security software, it must install itself in such a way that it always makes it the upper hand when you run new programs on your computer. why? For the simple reason that you are installing this software to protect you from bad software. The security program tries to parse anything you do on your computer and determine whether it’s a good thing or not.

But will the program make good decisions? Will this program work with other programs? Security vendors have spent years improving their tests and tests against huge sets of commercial programs. But they can not test each set of programs, each different version of the software (there are still computers running DOS 3.0). They have to focus on mainstream. The problem is they may have no idea that your video card with these two old games that you installed will wreak havoc in their detection algorithms.

We see this all the time. Users send e-mails or write notes in newsgroups complaining that this package prevents them from installing a new game or that such a copy says their new game is infected.

Or worse, the same things do not work after you install the program. Uploads are more tedious because instead of just clicking the download, users now have to answer questions about each download or approve downloads.
Solution
So what is the answer? The answer that we condemn in this series of articles on protection programs is the transition to a more centralized approach. Instead of installing the scanning software on your computer, install a behavior-based program on an off-site test server that receives test requests from your e-mail server. All emails are routed through the test server.

This can then be extended to include web traffic that runs on a 10 second delay much like a modern radio. You can connect over the Internet, all subsequent downloads, ActiveX controls, etc. are routed through the test server and then access your computer or are stopped and removed and receive the appropriate message.

In the time it takes to receive a file, it can be tested and can detect the software problem. This method detects everything from viruses to worms to spyware. You as a user notice do not wait too long, no time to stop working, do not dragFree reprint material, lack of incompatibility.

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