Virus Blockers are "Dead" Says Norton Maker Symantec

By Gary Cutlack on at

Symantec, developer of the Norton series of anti-virus products, says the good side is losing the battle against the malware creators, with only 45 per cent of viruses actually stopped by anti-virus tools. The increased complexity of hacks means anti-virus software is effectively "dead."

Brian Dye, one of Symantec's VPs, said: "We don't think of antivirus as a moneymaker in any way," with the company planning to move more into telling customers why they've got hacked and how they can fix it instead of ballsily promising to stop all attacks via a simple monthly fee.

Instead, Symantec thinks the future of stopping your PC changing its home page to pornography is to focus on detecting and removing attacks rather than intercepting them. Minimising the damage done once a hacker is in is the way it'll be from now on, apparently, as those hackers are just too clever.

One man doesn't agree, though. Eugene Kaspersky who has a popular virus suite of his own he'd like you to use, commented: "I've heard antiviruses being declared dead and buried quite a few times over the years, but they’re still here with us -- alive and kicking. I fully agree that single-layer signature-based virus scanning is nowhere near a sufficient degree of protection -- not for individuals, not for organizations large or small; however, that’s been the case for many years. Today, security is about a combination of various technologies -- heuristics, sandboxing, cloud protection and many others -- which form essential elements of any superior-quality IT security solution, in addition to good old time-tested signature-based virus detection." [WSJ via Sky]