One of the most vital components of a computer is its security software. Given than the current trend in research, communication, and our lives, in general, is done through the internet now, it is a must that every computer user is well equipped and well protected against threats like viruses and spyware that can infect their computers. In the earlier part of the decade, viruses were known to corrupt files and our computer data, but the threats today are much more advanced, organized, and dangerous.
Criminal organizations use the internet to infect our computers with spyware which will give them the ability to log every keystroke we make and our every click of the mouse. This provides them with an easy means to assume our identites, and for you to become a victim of identity theft. They can steal our passwords, credit card numbers and other personal information.
Keeping all these threats in mind, different antivirus developers are coming up with innovative new solutions to our problems. More advanced technologies are being integrated with the current antivirus software to strengthen antivirus protection. Included in this article are the innovations featured by Eset’s NOD32, Norton, Bitdefender, Vipre and Panda.
ESET NOD32’s ThreatSense
ESET NOD32’s ThreatSense proactively protects you from zero-day attacks, more especially during the critical first few hours of the new malware when other products are still not aware of its existence. How do they do this? Traditional, signature-based security solutions only react to known threats. The problem with this is they can only detect known attacks with identification signatures that need to be available in the user’s system at the time of the attack. This process of signature updates can often take a few hours to complete. This means that the traditional signature-based antivirus products are merely reactive. Instead of trying to catch-up to the new bread of threats and their variants, ThreatSense keeps scanning software ahead of malware authors. It combines advanced heuristic detection with the proven effective signature detection to provide the best possible antivirus and malware protection.
Bitdefender’s Gamer and Laptop Modes
Bitdefender offers its users advanced Laptop and Gamer Modes. In the new Gamer Mode, all alerts & pop-ups are disabled, updates aren’t performed, scheduled scans are disabled, and real-time protection level uses fewer resources. With gamer mode enabled, online gamers are protected without sacrificing performance. Since online gamers are notorious for disabling firewalls and other protection to optimize performance, this could be a lifesaver for the family computer used for online gaming by members of your household. The new laptop mode of Bitdefender v10 prolongs your laptop’s battery life. BitDefender detects when your laptop is switched to battery power and automatically enters Laptop Mode. And it will automatically prevent other computers on public networks from connecting to your PC.
Vipre’s Unified Antivirus and Antispyware
Vipre’s new version provides a unified antivirus and antispyware suite. Vipre’s core is an antivirus and antispyware engine that merges the detection of all types of malware into a single efficient and powerful system. We all know that multiple real-time antivirus products on the same system can cause conflicts. It’s also possible for a real-time antivirus product to conflict with a real-time antispyware product, so you’re safest when a single product handles both tasks.
To shorten scan duration significantly, Norton employs its new Insight feature. The Insight feature whitelists trusted files making for a well-rounded product. This new feature of Norton allows the antivirus to identify and remember trusted files on your computers that will not require scanning, which greatly decreases the amount of time needed to perform your virus scans. This whitelisting process needs a full scan of your computer initially to identify the trusted files, after this, scanning will be reduced by up to 85% in duration.
Panda’s Collective Intelligence
One of the greatest breakthroughs in antivirus technology is Panda’s Collective Intelligence. Panda established a network of 150 dedicated servers to shoulder the burden of malware identification. Collective Intelligence makes your local PC free from the calculation and decision-making work. In fact, the local copy of Panda just sends a tiny checksum of the file to the servers. Of course, the downside of collective intelligence is that it works only if you’ve got an open connection to the Internet during scanning. If you have been infected by a particularly nasty bug, and can’t connect to the internet this particular innovation is rendered useless.