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Understanding and Teaching Heuristics

White Paper Published By: ESET
Published:  Feb 17, 2010
Type:  White Paper
Length:  13 pages

This paper is designed to provide a basic understanding of what heuristics are and how they are used in the anti-malware industry. Topics covered include signature based detection, generic signatures, passive heuristics, and active heuristics or emulation. A very basic compression algorithm is developed and taught so as to enhance understanding of how compression works and why it poses problems for signature based detection. Encryption and polymorphism are also explained in easy to understand terms and examples.

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eset, teaching heuristics, anti-malware, encryption, polymorphism, signature detection, intrusion, threats