antivirus software

(redirected from anti-virus program)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Financial, Encyclopedia.

antivirus software

a software program written so that on execution (this is usually automatic on boot up) it scans the hard drive and related processors to identify, isolate, and eradicate the virus. Modern antivirus software requests updates automatically on a schedule set either by default or by the user.

an·ti·vi·rus soft·ware

(an'tē-vī'rŭs sahft'wār)
Software designed to detect, prevent, or remove computer viruses, worms, and Trojan horses.
Mentioned in ?
References in periodicals archive ?
In turn, anti-virus programs need to be kept up-to-date with 'virus definitions' to catch these new threats as they emerge.
If you have an anti-virus program, and you keep it current, and you are careful about running attachments, it's going to be nearly impossible for a virus to ever get into your system.
Taking security one step further, Norton and other anti-virus programs, such as McAfee VirusScan Online, provide the equivalent of a "deadbolt" for your computer "door.
According to a legal representative of Qihoo 360, when a computer user is looking for the company's anti-virus program on Baidu, the search engine starts introducing and promoting its own software,
In addition to this, a thematic actual-information channel is in operation with links to helpful resources that allow for the effective downloading of the anti-virus program when necessary.
The experts of Iran have successfully created the country's 1st anti-virus program dubbed as the anti-Stuxnet virus program.
In addition to the firewall, the software also includes an automatically updating anti-virus program and parental control functions for regulating access times and for restricting access to certain web pages.
This 1st anti-virus program of the country has been dubbed as the anti-Stuxnet virus program, to fight the Stuxnet worm that attacked the country's industrial and nuclear computer systems in 2010.