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Originally Posted by Oneironaut View Post
But wouldn't AV software mainly protect against viruses anyway? Isn't most malware successful when the user enables it to be somehow? I mean, no AV software can protect against a user clicking on an inappropriate website. A self-replicating and spreading virus is different and handled differently from user-installed malware; even more of reason to make the distinction. And it would probably be just as misleading to say that AV software will protect against all forms of malware.
You may want to do some research on how AV programs work, but yes, most also protect against known malware. They work by scanning the files you download to you machine, if they detect any type of malware, they'll alert you. You may want to look at Wikipedia or the software devs websites for more info.

They're really not just anti "virus", they're really anti malware, but the name has been around for decades just like iTunes isn't just 'tunes".

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