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Written by Icrontic   
Wednesday, 27 August 2008

Researchers from the University of Michigan have developed "CloudAV," a next-generation anti-virus technology. CloudAV seeks to improve PC resource utilization and virus detection rates by shifting the burden of virus analysis into the computing "cloud."

The engine currently consists of detection routines and signatures from Avast, AVG, BitDefender, ClamAV, F-Prot, F-Secure, Kaspersky, McAfee, Symantec, and Trend Micro. Analysis reveals (PDF) that the combined signature databases of these varied anti-virus applications yields a 91% detection rate.

While the technology sounds similar to centralized anti-virus, such as Symantec Corporate, it is quite different. Today's corporate anti-virus products centrally manage user policies while leaving the burden of scanning and detection on the client end. Under this model, a significant processor and memory footprint is incurred. Icrontic


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