Kaspersky scores patent for hardware-based antivirus

By Matthew ยท 5 replies
Feb 17, 2010
  1. The US Patent and Trademark Office has granted Kaspersky Labs a patent for a hardware-based antivirus. The Moscow-based security company is behind one of the most popular paid antivirus applications, and offers a range software security options.

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  2. Timonius

    Timonius TS Evangelist Posts: 647   +58

    An interesting concept...but will it really work? And will it be a practical solution for the not so savvy computer users? Or is this going to lean towards more of a corporate solution (although additional hardware on several machines may be cost and performance prohibitive)? Regardless, I think it is a step in the right direction (much like routers can serve as hardware firewalls).
  3. raybay

    raybay TS Evangelist Posts: 7,241   +10

    It always takes a long time to market after the patent process is completed... usualy time is two years, so we have some time to wait and read up on all their promo stuff.
  4. I forsee this slowing down powerful apps because every packet is inspected and every disk and memory access is inspected.
  5. MrAnderson

    MrAnderson TS Maniac Posts: 488   +10

    Those are positives yes; however, if it needs to have it's database updated that opens it up to attacks. Moreover, the other side to this is the potential for it becoming a bottle neck; being between components like Harddisk/CPU/RAM may cause delays.

    Let's hope there is a mechanism to turn it on and off. After the use cases are smoothed out this can become a very powerful family of products. But control must not be taken away from the consumer.

    Currently there is a market for casual users of the Internet. The elderly in-law and others that are more likely to fall prey to many of the common attack vectors are prime customers. That is people who like to download everything they see, or click links in strange emails etc with out a second thought.
  6. Punkid

    Punkid TS Guru Posts: 422   +7

    very interesting, its a good step too , an antivirus has a huge huge affect on any PCs performance, a hardware solution might be really good
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