SAM 2.0, released March 1990, incorporated technology allowing users to easily update SAM to intercept and eliminate new viruses, including many that didn't exist at the time of the program's release.
In the end of the 1980s, in United Kingdom, Jan Hruska and Peter Lammer founded the security firm Sophos and began producing their first antivirus and encryption products.
Antivirus software came into use, but was updated relatively infrequently.
During this time, virus checkers essentially had to check executable files and the boot sectors of floppy disks and hard disks.
That changed when more and more programmers became acquainted with computer virus programming and created viruses that manipulated or even destroyed data on infected computers.
Before internet connectivity was widespread, computer viruses were typically spread by infected floppy disks.
Antivirus software was originally developed to detect and remove computer viruses, hence the name.
However, with the proliferation of other kinds of malware, antivirus software started to provide protection from other computer threats.
I wonder if all those how-to bloggers out there just copy from one another or if anyone actually tried their Wi-Fi sharing step-by-step guide. The forums are full of posts of frustrated users who just can’t connect to their Windows 8 Access Point.In 1988, the growth of antivirus companies continued.In Germany, Tjark Auerbach founded Avira (H BEDV at the time) and released the first version of Anti Vir (named "Luke Filewalker" at the time). Vesselin Bontchev released his first freeware antivirus program (he later joined FRISK Software).Some people consider "The Reaper" the first antivirus software ever written – it may be the case, but it is important to note that the Reaper was actually a virus itself specifically designed to remove the Creeper virus.(note that a more recent, and precise, definition of computer virus has been given by the Hungarian security researcher Péter Szőr: "a code that recursively replicates a possibly evolved copy of itself" Most of the computer viruses written in the early and mid-1980s were limited to self-reproduction and had no specific damage routine built into the code.Possibly, the first publicly documented removal of an "in the wild" computer virus (i.e.the "Vienna virus") was performed by Bernd Fix in 1987.However, as internet usage became common, viruses began to spread online.There are competing claims for the innovator of the first antivirus product.In particular, modern antivirus software can protect from: malicious browser helper objects (BHOs), browser hijackers, ransomware, keyloggers, backdoors, rootkits, trojan horses, worms, malicious LSPs, dialers, fraudtools, adware and spyware.Some products also include protection from other computer threats, such as infected and malicious URLs, spam, scam and phishing attacks, online identity (privacy), online banking attacks, social engineering techniques, advanced persistent threat (APT) and botnet DDo S attacks.