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RE: Old anti-virus program version with latest virus definition file
From: "Ackley, Alex" <aackley () epmgpc com>
Date: Thu, 1 Nov 2007 14:24:10 -0400

What you get with a newer AV program is better heuristics and scanning
engine as well as added features.  An older AV program and a current one
with the same definitions should find malware that is in the list but
the older program will have a harder time finding variants, new files
and file types.  

Also, the older program may have exploits or be running as or in areas
that newer malware can modify, avoid or circumvent.

So, an older AV program is better than no AV program, it's not as good
as a newer version.  

Alex Ackley, CISSP
Security Admin

-----Original Message-----
From: listbounce () securityfocus com [mailto:listbounce () securityfocus com]
On Behalf Of foragersec () yahoo co in
Sent: Thursday, November 01, 2007 9:48 AM
To: security-basics () securityfocus com
Subject: Old anti-virus program version with latest virus definition

Could anyone assist me with this? 

I have Old anti-virus program version, but my virus definition file is
the latest one. 

I get the definitions updated daily. Now I wanted to know am I still at
risk with the above scenario.

As I understand the latest virus definition file would surely protect me
with the current risks. Would this be sufficient with an older version
of the anti-virus program running on my system?

Thanks in Advance,



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