ClamAv: is anyone paying attention?

Mario Vukelic mario.vukelic at
Sun Nov 19 01:27:28 UTC 2006

On Sat, 2006-11-18 at 17:13 -0800, Edward Craig wrote:
> what is the difference? Why are
> adware and spyware not classed as viruses?

First of all there is a differentiation by the infection vector:

Virus: attaches to an executable and is transmitted with it
Worm: self-spreading through security holes in server software
Trojan: poses as a useful program

But there are also other categorizations, e.g., "spyware" comes from a
classification that is interested in the intent of the malware. Spyware
can propagate as virus, worm, or trojan.

Adware is again different - it really is not malware but a business
model, at least as long as the user can make an informed decision.

> Are we off topic enough for Sounder yet? 

Definitely, I cc'ed it, please reply only there

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