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Antivirus software is one of the most widely used tools for detecting and stopping malicious and unwanted files. However, the long term effectiveness of traditional host-based antivirus is questionable. Antivirus software fails to detect many modern threats and its increasing complexity has resulted in vulnerabilities that are being exploited by malware. This paper advocates a new model for malware detection on end hosts based on providing antivirus as an in-cloud network service. This paper enables identification of malicious and unwanted software by multiple, heterogeneous detection engines in parallel, a technique they term 'N-version protection'. This paper provides several important benefits including better detection of malicious software, enhanced forensics capabilities, retrospective detection, and improved deployability and management.
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