lucaStronks

Does Emsisoft use heuristics along with signatures?

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I've never seen malware with a detection name that would indicate that it was detected using heuristics, and I haven't found anything about heuristics on www.emsisoft.com, which leads me to wonder if Emsisoft uses them at all. Though I have seen detection names that would indicate that it is a broader, less specific signature (for example I've seen "Application.Downloader (A)" a number of times, each for different programs). Are those indicative that the file was detected by heuristics?

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We consider heuristics to just be another type of signature, and yes we do use them in our database, as does BitDefender.

 

On 1/4/2020 at 9:33 AM, lucaStronks said:

Though I have seen detection names that would indicate that it is a broader, less specific signature (for example I've seen "Application.Downloader (A)" a number of times, each for different programs). Are those indicative that the file was detected by heuristics?

That a PUP (Potentially Unwanted Program) detection, and we use fairly generic names for them. In these cases I would believe they are not usually heuristic detections.

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Thank you for the reply.

I take it there is no way to see if a file was detected by heuristic signatures or more specific signatures by looking at the detection name then, right?

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Generally speaking if you see (A) or (B) behind a detection name it is a signature detection. If it is not there and the detection is not from the Surf Protection (URLs), then it usually is a heuristics detection.

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