Past its Prime: Is Anti-Virus Scanning Obsolete?

by Paul Schmehl
Sept. 24, 2017 1 comment Symantec Detection & Response antivirus

The title and topic of this article is clearly controversial. It is guaranteed to get a strong reaction from the anti-virus industry, which is firmly convinced it sees clear sailing ahead. So, is anti-virus scanning obsolete? In a word, yes - but don’t throw out your scanner. Its replacement hasn’t been created yet. In this article we will examine the weaknesses of virus scanning that will cause its eventual downfall. Anti-virus scanning is based upon the age-old principle of Newton’s law; for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. Each time a new virus, or a new viral approach, is discovered, anti-virus scanners must be updated. To be sure, this isn’t always true. Heuristic scanning does have the capability to recognize some attacks as viral without having specific detection for the virus it has alerted on.

2flash 7 months ago

Past might be Prime but old school is best... just my opinion.