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Antivirus & Antimalware product names - What they mean to you


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#1 Sintharius

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Posted 04 March 2015 - 12:31 PM

Ever wonder why an antivirus or antimalware company has that particular name?

- Avast (styled "avast!"): Short for "Anti-Virus Advanced SeT".

- AVG: Short for "Anti-Virus Guard".

- Kaspersky: Named after the company founder and current CEO Eugene Kaspersky.

- Norton (part of Symantec): Named after its founder Peter Norton. Peter Norton Computing was acquired by Symantec in 1990.

- McAfee (now part of Intel Security): Named after its founder John McAfee.

- F-Secure: An abbreviation of "FRISK Secure". FRISK Software in turn is named after its founder Friðrik Skúlason.

- Sophos: Means "Wise or Learned" in Ancient Greek.

- ESET: Named after Isis, the Egyptian goddess of health, marriage and love.

- AhnLab: Named after the founder Ahn Cheol-Soo.

- Emsisoft: Derived from the founder's - Christian Mairoll - initials (M.C., spelled "Emsi").

Source: Wikipedia and the respective companies' About Us pages.

Brands that are not here means that I cannot find an official source for their name.

So what's your favorite?

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Posted 04 March 2015 - 12:35 PM

Topic moved to more appropriate forum.
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Posted 04 March 2015 - 12:41 PM

- IObit: short for "Idiots On board in Thievery"
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Posted 04 March 2015 - 12:45 PM

YAC: Yet Another Crapware. Oh God, it fits.
Kaspersky: Kasperski, not Kaspersky.

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Posted 04 March 2015 - 12:46 PM

Kaspersky: Kasperski, not Kaspersky.

Kasperski is the Slavic family name, Aura :) it's "Westernized" to Kaspersky.

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Posted 04 March 2015 - 12:51 PM

Have you found Avira yet?


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Posted 04 March 2015 - 01:16 PM

Have you found Avira yet?

No idea, sorry Roland. In their "About Us" it just states that two companies were merged into Avira GmBH.

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Posted 04 March 2015 - 01:18 PM

Can we have someone on finding the origins of the names "BleepingComputer" and "GeeksToGo"?  :whistle:


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Posted 04 March 2015 - 01:46 PM

Emsisoft FAQs: Why is it called "Anti-Malware" and not "Antivirus"? <- scroll down

Our analysis lab has determined that classic viruses only make up less than 0.5% of total threats (in 2012). Referring to our product as an "Antivirus" would therefore be wrong by definition. We're perfectionists so we have elected to use the broader term "Malware" when naming our product. "Malware" includes all types of threats, such as viruses (0.5%), rogue security software (0.5%), rootkits (1.0%), adware (2.7%), possible malicious applications (4.1%), worms (4.6%), financial malware & password stealers (5.3%), online gaming password stealers (6.9%), backdoors (13.3%) and trojans (61.3%). Please note that not all "Anti-Malware" products on the market include the same functionality and protection level.


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Posted 04 March 2015 - 01:51 PM

Smart move by Emsisoft, right there. But confusing the people who are used to Malwarebytes none the less.


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Posted 04 March 2015 - 01:55 PM

I'm not confused and don't know anyone else who is.
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Posted 04 March 2015 - 01:58 PM

I know a lot of people IRL and on various forums who thinks that Malwarebytes is an Antivirus, or that Antimalware are Antivirus and vice-versa so it's really widespread.


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Posted 04 March 2015 - 02:36 PM

I have encountered such folks on forum boards too. However, you made a blanket statement which implied people who use Malwarebytes are confused...when that is not the case.
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Posted 04 March 2015 - 02:40 PM

Alright I'll change my statement to "this can confuse some people that uses Malwarebytes since Malwarebytes is an Antimalware and not an Antivirus". Better? :)

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Posted 04 March 2015 - 03:02 PM

Guys, Gals, "confusion always not is" -- yodaMan.  Many security programs are becoming swiss-army knives, doing all kinds of scans on all kinds of no-no doohickies and doodads.  Anyone seen Avast Antivirus or AVG Antivirus lately?  Never mind their Internet Security packages, just what is labeled AntiVirus package. 


Edited by RolandJS, 04 March 2015 - 03:02 PM.

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