Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 23rd Sep 2007 10:54 UTC, submitted by irbis
Bugs & Viruses "For at least a decade, the standard advice to every computer user has been to run antivirus software. But new, more commercial, more complex and stealthier types of malware have people in the industry asking: will antivirus software be effective for much longer? Among the threats they see are malware that uses the ability of the latest processors to run virtual machines that would be hidden from antivirus programs." Note: Please note that our icon contest is still running! So if you have an idea on how to rework this story's icon, read this.
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RE[2]: No
by matthekc on Sun 23rd Sep 2007 21:04 UTC in reply to "RE: No"
matthekc
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sandbox_(computer_security)

I don't think antivirus is an effective solution. exe's should all run in a virtual environment with a clever set of rules to reduce risks. If the app tries to break the rules shut it down and report it. All sorts of 1980's and 90's communication protocols have holes and need to be reworked. Until apps are sandboxed and protocols are fixed this isn't going away. Switching to linux is a partial preventative to the problem not a cure.

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