First PC Virus was 1986
1986, January: The Brain boot sector virus (aka Pakistani flu) is released. Brain is considered the first IBM PC compatible virus, and the program responsible for the first IBM PC compatible virus epidemic. The virus is also known as Lahore, Pakistani, Pakistani Brain, as it was created in Lahore, Pakistan by 19 year old Pakistani programmer, Basit Farooq Alvi, and his brother, Amjad Farooq Alvi.
First Anti Virus was provided in 1987
There are competing claims for the innovator of the first antivirus product. Possibly the first publicly documented removal of a computer virus in the wild was performed by Bernt Fix in 1987.
Now if you look at all the historical evidence, Anti Virus was created for removing infections. So how come end users have been conditioned to think that this reactive cleaning technology that we call Anti Virus will protect their computers from new day zero malware? Who have created this marketing misinformation and when? Why does it still continue?
And who the heck started selling fake antiviruses for cleaning a clean computer?? With proper marketing you can get people to buy anything, you don’t even have to have a working product. :-\ :-\
Default deny is a much more efficient way to “prevent” stuff… But its not always the best who wins and becomes the obvious choice for everyone… It has happened many times in the history that a “inferior” or at least weaker product with no clear advantages has beaten a much better one and made the good product go out of business…
I don’t think it matter that much who started it. AV’s was a good option to prevent stuff, when that was the only option. But its new times now. AVs are still recommended since there is money exchanging hands.
Many of the PC magazines and stuff of that nature is pumping people with info about Antiviruses when they want to teach their subscribers about PC security…
I guess marketing and lack of knowledge/caring is the reason why people think AV’s secure a computer and is a good way to stay protected. :o :o
If I remember correctly Dr Solomon’s Anti-Virus Toolkit included VirusGuard for DOS and WinGuard for windows back in the mid to late 90’s These offered ‘protection’ of sorts. basically they just loaded into memory and did their best to scan for rouges.
Antivirus solutions were initially designed as individual utilities to detect and remove specific viruses. However, as the number of viruses increased, antivirus 'toolkits' were released. These included an on-demand scanner which would search for the viruses currently in existence, and in some cases a cleaning utility. By the end of 1990, an increase in the number of viruses to nearly 300 caused antivirus vendors to implement real-time protection, and to supplement signature based analysis with heuristics, behavioural analysis, emulation and other techniques.
Anti-virus programs can prevent infection if,and only if, you are not one of the first ones to be hit by a new one. Technically, they can be said to be prevention and some of the best ones do prevent infection by some new things with their heuristic capabilities. The problem with that is that the serious malware writers test their “product” against existing antivirus solutions before releasing it into the wild. The top AV companies are very fast to provide detection of new threats so, for most people, they do prevent infection.
Not comparing AV’s to anything - we all know that it’s a “cops and robbers” type thing. My point is that AV’s can be used considered prevention. - And as you pointed out It’s only the ones it knows about, though.
When it comes to human diseases, detection is also considered as a form of secondary prevention as it provide a chance to identify specific pathological conditions in early phases (raising the chance of benign prognosis).
In a way AVs could be assumed to carry prevention for what they are able to detect.
In a way AVs also improve resistance and they could prevent exposure to what they detect though it is unlikely they promote any related education as they are notorious for luring people to the wonders of unmanned security.