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Have you ever come across a file on your computer and asked yourself, "Is this dangerous?" Now you can find out quickly and easily. ParetoLogic, an innovative leader in online security, has launched the Zheng™ File Analysis service.
You can upload any file from your PC and quickly receive a free, detailed report on whether it has been identified as a virus, spyware or another form of malware. The Zheng™ File Analysis service uses signature-based detection as well as ParetoLogic's own innovative Zheng™ technology.
"Zheng™ utilizes complex heuristics and does not rely on signatures," said Jerome Segura, the leader of ParetoLogic's Spyware Analysis Team (SWAT). "This makes it the best system to detect zero day threats."
In traditional signature-based detection, the scanning engine looks for a byte-pattern that is part of a virus or virus family. However, new threats are constantly emerging and while proven, signature-based scanning cannot keep up with the number of new programs malware authors are turning out.
In relation to malware, Zheng™ uses a set of rules to see if a file matches the criteria to identify malicious code. It uses the philosophy of "if it looks like a virus and talks like a virus, it must be a virus." By using heuristics, an emerging threat can be detected before there is a major outbreak.
Zheng™ technology has been invented and developed by ParetoLogic, the developers of acclaimed security software such as XoftSpySE Anti-Spyware and ParetoLogic Anti-Virus PLUS. The company believes strongly in Zheng™ research. It shows the company's commitment to developing new technology and staying on the edge, Segura said.
"The research efforts are now open to the community and will help people (not just our existing customers) to determine the nature of a file before opening it."
While providing access to ParetoLogic's advanced technology at no cost, the Zheng™ File Analysis service also lets the company collect new malware samples, said Newaz Rafiq, a ParetoLogic online security research scientist. This helps ParetoLogic advance its research, develop its technology and help protect against new malware.
The Zheng™ File Analysis service is just one way ParetoLogic and SWAT are sharing their research and knowledge with others. Segura and fellow computer security analyst Jean Taggart share their thoughts and finding about online threats on the Malware Diaries blog. They also have spoken to university classes and appeared as guests on radio programs to speak about malware.
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