...or is this just another fad?
First there were 'Computer Viruses' which mostly targeted Microsofts software and required Windows Anti-Virus software to get rid of them. Then came Spyware, needing options such as anti-spyware, to track down that stuff watching your every move. The big thing now? Straight out attacks.
For a while now, I have been asked by various people, if it is still worth running anti-virus. This question usually comes from those who have fallen victim to a drive-by browser attack.
These drive-by browser attacks take avantage of an exploit (a flaw or vulnerability in the software) to download a malicious program to your computer - usually without your knowledge.
So why are anti-virus programs, becoming seemingly inept at stopping this kind of attack?
It is in part, because, they are taking advantage of a flaw in the software of the web browser.
How Do We Combat This?
When this malicious software (mal-ware) first started appearing, it took hours to remove these blights and required a high level of understanding of the way they worked.
Thankfully, there are a number of anti-malware companies that offer software designed to look for this. Software such as Malware Bytes automate much of the process for removing common malware.
Zero Vulnerability Labs (http://www.zerovulnerabilitylabs.com/) has an idea. Why focus on removal, when you should be looking at the cause - these pesky holes.
Using their ExpoitShield software to block the actual software flaw that is being used to attack your system by detecting the exploit attack and stopping it in its tracks.
As noted on their website, "We do not intend to replace the antivirus or security suite but rather to complement and enhance it." which is smart - the more types of defence you have, the safer you should be.
This software is still in Beta testing right now but I'm all for increasing protection and will be watching this software develop.
Of course, still one of the best ways to protect yourself is to ensure that you computer is fully patched - this means when you get the popups advising you that there are new Windows updates or updates to Adobe Acrobat. Annoying as they may be, they do close the open holes.
Read More on this at TechWorld - http://news.techworld.com/security/3401365/is-antivirus-dead-startup-launches-first-exploit-blocking-program/ or visit Zero Vulnerability Labs at http://www.zerovulnerabilitylabs.com/