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Difference between Antivirus and Antispyware

  • Last Updated : 25 Jul, 2020

1. Antivirus :
Antivirus is an application software which is designed and developed to protect our computers from malware, viruses, computer worms, spyware, rootkits, keyloggers etc. Antivirus softwares function to scan, detect and also to remove software viruses from our computers. So in simple we can say it is a secuiry software to detect and destroy viruses from our computer and prevent viruses to protect our computers.

There exists different antivirus softwares which are also of different types based on the Operating System (OS) compatibility like Antivirus for Windows OS, Antivirus for Linux OS, Antivirus for Android OS, Antivirus for MAC OS.

2. Antispyware :
Antispyware is one type of security software that detects, removes and protects from unwanted spyware programs. It is a type of malicious software designed to track a user’s online activity and gather information. It is intended to steal valuable information without user’s knowledge. Antispyware may also be called as apyware on the Internet.

Now a days many modern security suites bundle antispyware functionality alongside antivirus protection, personal firewalls, etc which can detect and remove spyware applications.

Difference between Antivirus and Anti-spyware :

1.Antivirus software is a software which is designed to detect, block and then remove a virus from our computer system.Anti Spyware is a software which aims to detect specific set of malicious applications known as Spywares.
2.Virus is a program which is loaded onto our computer without our knowledge and runs against your wishes and creates trouble to our system where this antivirus software blocks this.Spyware is software that continuously gathers user information and important data through the user’s Internet connection without his or her knowledge where this anti-spyware blocks this.
3.Antivirus is a broad term, this software acts as a security for all including this spyware also.Now a days this anti spyware program is coming under the antivirus softwares.
4.At the very basic level, antivirus will scan the hard drive for existence of malicious programs on it and will trigger which happens on demand or in intervals.At the very basic level, it checks for spyware. It also have features to scan other resources like registry, start-up folder etc to determine whether Spyware is already installed.
5.Antivirus software uses various types of techniques for detection of any viruses which includes signature-based scanning, behavioral scanning and heuristics.Anti-spyware software basically uses behavioral scanning technique/method to detect and remove spywares.
6.Some antivirus software vendors includes McAfee, AVG, Trend Micro etc.Some anti-spyware software vendors includes Microsoft, Webroot, McAfee etc.

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