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Silly question

by marinetbryant / March 19, 2006 9:00 PM PST

Should I be glad or worried that NOD32 has yet to find a virus? PC works fine. Maybe just paranoid?


Tom

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by tomron / March 19, 2006 9:20 PM PST
In reply to: Silly question

If it ain't broke,don't fix it.
My antivirus rarely finds anything (AVG)


We're all probally Unnesessarily paranoid most of the time.

Tom

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Depends.
by Donna Buenaventura / March 19, 2006 9:36 PM PST
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It depends on how NOD32 is configured (when, what and how it will detect)

Example: If its AMON is enabled but you change the setup to monitor every file's movement then it will not monitor/detect what you unchecked there.

Another example: If its AMON is not configured to detect for adware/spyware/riskware and potentially dangerous application then it will not look up for those.

Another example: If its AMON is configured to only detect local disk but your computer is connected to network then it will not detect everything.

If your NOD32 is up-to-date...
If it's configured to detect when file is open, created, executed..
If it's configured to detect areas that you are actually have access without excluded items (local drives, network drives etc)..
If it's configured to detect all it can detect (signatures, using heuristic mode, adware/spyware/riskware and potentially dangerous application), runtime packers, self-extacting archives...
Then your NOD32 is should be catching what it should catch IF there is something to catch.

If nothing then you should be fine but you need to run:
1. Full system scan too instead of depending only on its AMON
2. Scan using online scanner (like Housecall, Windows Live Safety) just to see whether something slips in that is not known to NOD32's signatures. This is just "second opinion" method but users must not depend on this type of protection since this is online scanning only.
3. Scan using different anti-spyware (trustworthy ones) too.

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by marinetbryant / March 19, 2006 11:21 PM PST
In reply to: Depends.

Yes, all AMON boxes are checked to detect, stop, and annihilate! My Ad-aware found 2 instances of softomate today (been a place or 2 I shouldn't have been!)and they are quaranteened right now. Thanks for the help and advice.


Tom

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softomate :-(
by Donna Buenaventura / March 19, 2006 11:30 PM PST
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