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Different antivirus software packages have different detection capabilities and mechanisms. Virtually all support what is called a signature-based mechanism, where a particular series of bytes serves as a fingerprint that triggers a positive detection. It's important to understand this use of the word "signature" is completely different than a digital ...


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Does it make a difference to a virus scan which system it is being run on and what type of malware it's looking for? Not unless you include exotics. The problem boils down to if a product supports engines effectively scanning the target from the perspective of the intended environment. All malware we scan for exhibits some structure compatible with a ...


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In short no, it does not matter for most cases, including unencrypted archives. Malware detectors snipe signatures, which are basically chunks of data. Unless the platform doesn't malform the data, you should be ok. That being said, theoretically, you may run into trouble with endianness if the AV doesn't interpret the data correctly. But in most cases the ...



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