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Shikhsa 03-23-2008 07:02 AM

Help Is it safe to download a virus definition?
 
Is it safe to download a virus definition from a site? How can it help in preventing the intrusion of virus in my OS? How can i check the altered registry file with the help of a virus definition?

squirrelnmoose 03-23-2008 11:34 AM

Virus definition files should be downloaded automatically from within your Anti-virus program. All Anti-Virus programs need to update their virus definition files regularly (sometimes daily). This is how they identify a virus during operation. You should check the setting on your anti-Virus program and make sure it is set to update automatically.

Only download definition files from the maker of your Anti-Virus program, preferably using it's built in update feature.

loraandbush 03-27-2008 06:35 AM

It totally depends on from which website you downloading if it is unsecure than it is unsafe

Wombat 03-27-2008 05:38 PM

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Originally Posted by Shikhsa (Post 10337)
Is it safe to download a virus definition from a site? How can it help in preventing the intrusion of virus in my OS? How can i check the altered registry file with the help of a virus definition?

You have to have installed an Anti Virus Application like Nod 32 or Norton AV (or something similar) to download and use a av definition.

You cannot just download the definition update set to check if you have a virus...

lurkswithin 03-27-2008 11:20 PM

The definition files are designed for specific ani-virus programs. Most AV programs are auto updating so if a popup shows on your computer to download the latest definitions it is probably the one for the AV that you have installed.

If you see a download for a definition update from a download site...you had best be sure of what site you are on...such as http://www.majorgeeks.com...their stuff is safe but you would still need to only download the definition for the AV that is installed on your PC.


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