CloudAV

What Does CloudAV Mean?

CloudAV is an anti-virus program that runs as an Internet service and facilitates the use of multiple anti-virus programs without running on a local machine and impacting performance. CloudAV is proven effective against the majority of virus and malware, including zero-day threats.

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Techopedia Explains CloudAV

Developed at the University of Michigan, CloudAV uses the following components to produce a high-quality anti-virus system in the cloud:

  • A cross-platform host agent
  • Two behavioral detection engines (resource heavy)
  • A network service with 10 anti-virus engines

CloudAV uses a technique known as N-version protection, which uses multiple versions of the same anti-virus detection engines to identify malicious software. This protection mechanism scans received files before they are opened by a user.

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