an·​ti·​vi·​rus | \ ˌan-tē-ˈvī-rəs How to pronounce antivirus (audio) , ˌan-tī- \

Definition of antivirus

1 : used to protect a computer from viruses : antiviral antivirus software
2 medical : acting, effective, or directed against viruses : antiviral an antivirus vaccine

Examples of antivirus in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The attack chain uses a host of clever tricks to evade antivirus protection. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "One of the world’s most advanced hacking groups debuts new Titanium backdoor," 8 Nov. 2019 Bursztein points out that kits for crafting malicious documents and tailoring them to evade antivirus scanners are readily available in online criminal forums, ranging in price from about $400 to $5,000. Lily Hay Newman, Wired, "Gmail Is Catching More Malicious Attachments With Deep Learning," 25 Feb. 2020 Amid an acute shortage of antivirus gear, the state is handing out production licences. The Economist, "The anti-covid industrial complex Chinese companies rush to produce anti-covid kit," 14 Mar. 2020 Rewriting firmware can also allow malicious code to avoid detection by antivirus programs, or persist even after a computer's entire operating system is reinstalled. Andy Greenberg, Wired, "Hundreds of Millions of PC Components Still Have Hackable Firmware," 18 Feb. 2020 Officials in the Czech Republic have launched an investigation into Avast, one of the Internet’s most popular free antivirus programs, amid accusations the company sold the search history of as many as 100 million users to third parties. Chris Morris, Fortune, "Popular antivirus software Avast under investigation for selling user browsing histories," 12 Feb. 2020 Today Google is announcing a partnership with three antivirus firms—ESET, Lookout, and Zimperium—to create an App Defense Alliance. Wired, "Google Enlists Outside Help to Clean Up Android's Malware Mess," 6 Nov. 2019 Several months ago, antivirus company Avast began looking under the hood of malware called Retadup, which had infected around 850,000 Windows computers. Wired, "Security News This Week: Cops Take Over a Botnet to Clear Malware Off PCs," 31 Aug. 2019 And antivirus vendors could even incorporate specific detections into their scanners to monitor for suspicious audio input activity. Lily Hay Newman, WIRED, "Hackers Can Turn Everyday Speakers Into Acoustic Cyberweapons," 11 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of antivirus

1892, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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“Antivirus.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of antivirus

: used to protect a computer from viruses

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