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That really depends on what you mean by antivirus. As raz point out in the other answer, signature based antivirus has long been considered inadequate. These days, antiviruses do both heuristic and behavioural analysis. However, they can only do so much before falling foul of the easily annoyed user. This is more about user experience than performance ...


This is kind of an opinionated question. I also think antiviruses are overrated, but its an interesting topic. I think that malware/virus behavior is where things will go. Creating signatures based on behavior rather than the binary itself. So I think some kind of analytics will be the way antiviruses will go, whether it be in the cloud or not. ...

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