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#1 whatapalaver

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Posted 26 January 2006 - 06:19 AM

In my security portfolio I have the latest versions of

Zone Alarm Free
AVG
Ad-Aware SE Personal
SpyBot S&D
a-squared Personal
SpywareBlaster
SpywareGuard
Microsoft Antispyware
Trojan Hunter
ProcessGuard Full Version

I go through the update procedure for each programme every day, often twice a day. But I have never seen SpywareGuard update itself. I have had it for more than a year. All of the others update themselves, but not SpywareGuard. I have removed the programme and reinstalled it twice in the past year, the last time being a couple of months ago. I did that because I thought that maybe it needed to be 'refreshed', or a necessary file had gone AWOL when the programme was installed.

Need I be concerned?

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Posted 26 January 2006 - 08:01 AM

When you try to update it manually, what happens, and do you get any error messages?
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Posted 26 January 2006 - 10:49 AM

John, can I pop in here to say I have had the same experience as whatapalaver, and have just reinstalled SpywareGuard. I then ran the updater, and it gave the latest definitions as Jan 22nd 2004.
I then googled around a bit, and found several links like this one,(dated a year ago) which explained why updates don't occur.
http://www.dslreports.com/forum/remark,12411725
I guess we shouldn't be worried! (I no longer use IE anyway)
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Posted 26 January 2006 - 11:14 AM

Thank you jgweed and Luci2a.

From the explanation given by Javacool in

http://www.dslreports.com/forum/remark,12411725

it is clear that noone should be concerned. I shall keep it.

Thanks again. whatapalaver

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Posted 26 January 2006 - 06:13 PM

Samething happened to me, I have had SpywareGuard for the past 6 months I thought it had automatic updates and thanks for that link Luci2a I was looking for something like that.
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Posted 27 January 2006 - 05:37 AM

SG does not require constant definition updates because its detection abilities use a heuristic [rule-based] engine. Normally, for an Anti-Virus product to detect a virus, the virus must have been seen before, analyzed and detection added to the signature update files. Heuristics are used since there are some families of viruses that continually change their appearance and it is not possible to detect every variant. Heuristics allows setting up a defined set of rules so if it looks like a virus, and acts like a virus it can be detected, even if the virus has never been seen before. SpywareGuard uses this same approach for detecting spyware.
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Posted 27 January 2006 - 05:38 PM

Okay, Nice to know what heuristic means. McAfee Antivirus has that heuristic feature.
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