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2 posts • joined 8 Feb 2010

Leaky anti-virus defences letting malware through

Smidge
Coat

@anonymous coward

Unfortunately, no matter how secure an OS, the weak link is always the fleshy human bit attached to the keyboard. Even if you had a secure OS that blocked all remote execution of code from every conduit you can think of you would still get a retarded user legitimately installing malware.

As long as there are humans interfacing with computers your network is at risk. We need some kind of Social Engineering device that stops the naive and unwary being caught out. It's simply not possible to make a system (that can still be used by 95% of the population) that is 100% immune from malware.

Where's my coat?!

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Smidge
FAIL

Just ran the scan...

And SurfRight found 3 pieces of 'Malware' on my machine. Those pieces of malware turned out to be legitimate applications ranging from a VMWare ThinApp application to a Network Analyzer installed on my machine which SurfRight reccomended i delete immediately. Granted not everyday applications one might find on a consumer computer but still false positives.

Do these false positives count when they collect and tally up all this data about 'Malware' on peoples computers? If so, then surely the figures they publish are simply...wrong?

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