By : Ulukai
Some viruses out there disable anti-virus products, some
hackers target certain firewalls for known vulnerabilities.
Do you think it's important for your company to be well
known in this light?
Virus authors and hackers are very often using the same
names of applications of AV and Firewalls. These lists of
names contain always well-known names like ZoneAlarm, etc.
It is funny to see components of old Norman AV-software
in that list, especially since those components are not
in use anymore. Regarding this, to be well known is a disadvantage.
However this is a very relative state.
When Microsoft released Service Pack 2 for Windows XP it
became clear that Norton Antivirus wasn't compatible (which
was fixed after a patch). Did you take early steps to prevent
such problems?? (See press release)
Norman has a strong cooperation with MS, among others in
VIA (Virus Information Alliance). All developments have
been very closely monitored and tested by us. That's why
Norman Software was already SP2-compliant before SP2 was
released. For the users this will be visible in the Windows
Security Centre (WSC). WSC is new in SP2 and it shows the
status of both the Virus scanner and Personal Firewall installation,
whether it is up-to-date and whether it actively running.
all software released in Microsoft's release-lab is also
scanned by Norman software.
Do you expect that there will be any new viruses that can
attack Windows XP SP2 machines any time soon? How long do
you think it will take?
It will not take much time before viruses specifically will
attack SP2. Probably new vulnerabilities will be exploited
quickly, so users will be open the moment they install SP2.
We also expect new viruses/Trojans that will disable the
Windows Firewall (installed and active by default in SP2)
to appear within a short time.