Symantec Exec: Antivirus 'Is Dead'
Norton maker just assumes hackers can get through its firewalls
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted May 5, 2014 9:40 AM CDT
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(Newser) – Just how thoroughly have hackers licked antivirus programs? So thoroughly that even Symantec, which essentially invented commercial antivirus, is jumping ship on the concept, the Wall Street Journal reports. Antivirus "is dead," Symantec Senior VP Brian Dye tells the paper. "We don't think of antivirus as a moneymaker in any way." Symantec's new stance, he explains, will be to assume that hackers can and will break through any antivirus protection, and to focus on containing the damage once they do.

Symantec will create a response team businesses can call on if they've been hacked, intelligence briefings they can buy on specific threats, and technologies for identifying advanced malware in networks. Rivals already have similar products—as Channelnomics notes, other companies have been decrying the decline in antivirus effectiveness for years—but Symantec is hoping its conversion, even if late, can stem plummeting revenue. Dye says the company realized it was time "to get your act together and go play the game you should have been playing in the first place."

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CCXVI
Dec 30, 2014 10:07 PM CST
I just found this article, and I can say, it doesn't matter to Symantec if it's dead or not. It's their bread and butter anyway! In the past few weeks alone, my Norton claims to have "blocked" attacks by the Trojans Powelik, AdClicker, Swifi, Zbot and Exploit Toolkit Website 32. When I run a Norton scan, the results always turn up negative and Power Eraser also reports no infection. Yet, my PC is now starting to have widespread malfunctions and oddities consistent with the symptoms I've read about these Trojans. They started with the first attacks. When I ask a Norton rep for help in chat, they only offer to access my PC and remove the virus for $99.99 That isn't fair to us subscribers. The better way is the Norton we'd bought protects our PCs in the first place!
Ezekiel 25:17
May 7, 2014 12:06 PM CDT
You have to use a multi-prong approach. For me, I have the browsing computer that does no personal business whatsoever. You have to use programs like spybot along with the virus scanners. You are going to get hacked eventually. Just don't loose any money in the deal.
TwoSheds
May 6, 2014 4:48 AM CDT
If Windows didn't have to leave back doors for the FBI, CIA, and NSA, maybe they could design a secure operating system that wouldn't need anti-virus software.