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Offline Waldo

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Can avast cope with datastreams ?
« on: December 07, 2003, 12:47:10 PM »
Hi,

I'm wondering,

Does Avast home & pro scans for alternate data streams on NTFS based systems (Xp) ?

I have read somewere that these streams could transfer hidden virusses that go undetected with conventional signature scanning.

If it does not scan these streams, will this mean a potentional security breach ?

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Re:Can avast cope with datastreams ?
« Reply #1 on: December 07, 2003, 01:32:39 PM »
NTFS Streams are supported; they're considered a special type of "archive" (in Pro version, you can check in the "Packers" settings).

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Re:Can avast cope with datastreams ?
« Reply #2 on: December 07, 2003, 05:25:07 PM »
so does the home version scan these?
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Re:Can avast cope with datastreams ?
« Reply #3 on: December 07, 2003, 05:38:37 PM »
so does the home version scan these?

I'm afraid not Mac :( Looking at Igors answer :

NTFS Streams are supported; they're considered a special type of "archive" (in Pro version, you can check in the "Packers" settings).
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Re:Can avast cope with datastreams ?
« Reply #4 on: December 07, 2003, 05:49:23 PM »
Oh no, that's not what I was trying to say :)
I just meant that in Pro version, you can configure the packers to be used one-by-one - and therefore you can see which ones are supported.
In the Home version, you can only turn all the archives on and off - so I believe NTFS streams are scanned as well when "Archive" scanning is on.

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Re:Can avast cope with datastreams ?
« Reply #5 on: December 07, 2003, 05:54:36 PM »
Thanks for clearing this up Igor.

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