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Antivirus tools are a useless box-ticking exercise says Google security chap

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Real life testing

I run a mail server and quarantine any attachments that I don't trust - most of the time these are obvious infection attempts but every now and then something comes along that seems to be worth a closer look - the first thing I do is load it on virustotal, a site that tests the submission against 50+ AV packages.

Generally, if it's a new virus, only half a dozen scanners will detect it - and almost always the scanners that do flag it are not the big players.

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