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Anti-virus Virus Disclosure Number: IPCOM000013945D
Original Publication Date: 2000-Jan-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-19

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The idea is to create an anti-virus program that would spread itself like a virus, but a good one. Once a machine is infected with the anti-virus virus, the anti-virus virus will periodically scan for other viruses on the host and take appropriate actions. The anti-virus virus will also update itself by either connecting to known update sites on the Internet or when a newer version of this anti-virus virus infects a host that already is infected by the anti-virus virus. Since this anti-virus virus spreads itself like a virus, it would spread itself across the various interconnected machines giving protection against "bad" viruses every time it infects another system. Naturally since the anti-virus virus spreads like a virus, other anti-virus programs have to be aware of the anti-virus virus, so that they know it is a "good" virus and will leave it alone. (A digital signature enables the anti-virus virus to be reliably identified.) If the anti-virus virus is quarantined or disabled by a traditional anti-virus program, the effect would be reversed at next infection of the anti-virus virus . 1