Linked by Adam S on Tue 26th Aug 2008 12:17 UTC, submitted by irbis
Bugs & Viruses "Antivirus software on your personal computer could become a thing of the past thanks to a new "cloud computing" approach to malicious software detection developed at the University of Michigan. The researchers' new approach, called CloudAV, moves antivirus functionality into the "network cloud" and off personal computers. CloudAV analyzes suspicious files using multiple antivirus and behavioral detection programs simultaneously. Traditional antivirus software that resides on a personal computer checks documents and programs as they are accessed. Because of performance constraints and program incompatibilities, only one antivirus detector is typically used at a time. The researchers see promising opportunities in applying CloudAV to cell phones and other mobile devices that aren't robust enough to carry powerful antivirus software."
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by Earl C Pottinger on Wed 27th Aug 2008 00:33 UTC
Earl C Pottinger
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2008-07-12

Aside from the mess that is Windows, does any other modern OS out there have a problem running multiple programs that scan the same files/memory at the same time?

If I can run multiple programs at the same time, why not virus checkers? Why assume I need a cloud?

As far as I can see what is needed is a common format for anti-virus programs to report their results in.

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RE: Question
by irbis on Wed 27th Aug 2008 16:44 in reply to "Question"
irbis Member since:
2005-07-08

Aside from the mess that is Windows, does any other modern OS out there have a problem running multiple programs that scan the same files/memory at the same time?

You have to consider hardware requirements too, not only the software and operatings systems point of view. There's no end in sight for the growing popularity of small mobile phones, Internet tablets etc. and often they do not have powerful CPUs and lots of free RAM to run multiple programs in the background all the time.

Besides, it is only MS Windows that needs antivirus software, not so much any other operating system ever invented, at least so far. Therefore I also see that for the time being this article and the technology discussed might be most relevant and promising for mobile MS Windows based smart phones and such gadgets.

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RE[2]: Question
by irbis on Wed 27th Aug 2008 19:37 in reply to "RE: Question"
irbis Member since:
2005-07-08

the technology discussed might be most relevant and promising for mobile MS Windows based smart phones and such gadgets.

And maybe also for some big companies and organization that do not have endless administration resources and that use Windows-based PCs. It could save a lot of admin worktime if antivirus protection could be centralized and network-based instead of each individual workstation (of maybe hundreds of them) needing its own antivirus software and the necessary admin work related to it.

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