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Avast! antivirus protection

  1. 1. avast! antivirus protection By Ruephan & Fahmi
  2. 2. avast! About Us Avast! (styled avast!) is a freemium antivirus computer program available to Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X and Linux users, with a user interface available in 41 languages. The name Avast is an acronym of "Anti-Virus – Advanced Set". The official, and current logo of Avast! is a white orb with the letter 'a' on it and an orange circle around it, sticking out to four directions. 2
  3. 3. 3 avast! Signature Based Detection  Traditionally, antivirus software heavily relied upon signatures to identify malware. This can be very effective, but cannot defend against malware unless samples have already been obtained and signatures created. Because of this, signature-based approaches are not effective against new, unknown viruses.  As new viruses are being created each day, the signature-based detection approach requires frequent updates of the virus signature dictionary. To assist the antivirus software companies, the software may allow the user to upload new viruses or variants to the company, allowing the virus to be analyzed and the signature added to the dictionary.  Although the signature-based approach can effectively contain virus outbreaks, virus authors have tried to stay a step ahead of such software by writing "oligomorphic", "polymorphic" and, more recently, "metamorphic" viruses, which encrypt parts of themselves or otherwise modify themselves as a method of disguise, so as to not match virus signatures in the dictionary.
  4. 4. 4 avast! Malicious Activity Detection  Malicious activity detection like Heuristic-based detection , can be used to identify unknown viruses.  avast! free isn't the best at malware and not every program Antivirus catches everything, remember it is a free program, all that is are windows(MS-DOS) programs.
  5. 5. 5 Avast Heuristic detection  Some more sophisticated antivirus software uses heuristic analysis to identify new malware or variants of known malware.  Many viruses start as a single infection and through either mutation or refinements by other attackers, can grow into dozens of slightly different strains, called variants. Generic detection refers to the detection and removal of multiple threats using a single virus definition.  For example, the Vundo trojan has several family members, depending on the antivirus vendor's classification. Symantec classifies members of the Vundo family into two distinct categories, Trojan.Vundo and Trojan.Vundo.B.  While it may be advantageous to identify a specific virus, it can be quicker to detect a virus family through a generic signature or through an inexact match to an existing signature. Virus researchers find common areas that all viruses in a family share uniquely and can thus create a single generic signature. These signatures often contain non-contiguous code, using wildcard characters where differences lie. These wildcards allow the scanner to detect viruses even if they are padded with extra, meaningless code. A detection that uses this method is said to be "heuristic detection."
  6. 6. 6 avast! File emulation » File emulation is another heuristic approach. File emulation involves executing a program in a virtual environment and logging what actions the program performs. Depending on the actions logged, the antivirus software can determine if the program is malicious or not and then carry out the appropriate disinfection actions.
  7. 7. 7 avast! Performance Evaluate the performance impact and system resource usage of using anti-virus software in three ways: Overall system performance measured before and after installation using PCMark Memory footprint  Avast took up about 12 MB of system memory Time it took to perform a full system scan Avast took 34 minutes to scan our computer's hard drive with 122GB of data
  8. 8. avast! "false positive"  A "false positive" is when antivirus software identifies a non- malicious file as a virus. When this happens, it can cause serious problems. For example, if an antivirus program is configured to immediately delete or quarantine infected files, a false positive in an essential file can render the operating system or some applications unusable.  All virus scanners produce false positive results as well, identifying benign files as malware. 8
  9. 9. 9 avast! Renewal Cost Renewal Cost FREE OF COST PROS: FREE of charge Simple interface Highly pro-active, extensive protection
  10. 10. 10 Public Malware Database Website Example Malware Database Website report: http://www.malwaredomainlist.com/mdl.php http://urlquery.net/index.php
  11. 11. 11 avast! Thanks You..

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