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What engines does F-Secure use ?

Everson W/ Member Posts: 23 Cyber Knight



I had read that F-Secure uses BitDefender's engine. Is that true?


Uses only bitdefender, uses own or someone else?



  • etomcat
    etomcat W/ Alumni Posts: 1,172 Firewall Master

    Dear Emerson,


    F-Secure has long relied on "import" for the traditional finger-print based big virus scanning engine. It's a concept previously called "Counter Sign" architecture, where various scan engines can be plugged into a common F-Secure framework or replaced with relative ease. The previous generation product used AVP. Now it's I think:


    BitDefender Aquarius (licensed, fingerprint based, heavy, knows most malware since antiquity)

    Hydra (in-house, probably fingerprint based, lighter weight, but only against new, modern malware)

    Gemini (in-house developed heuristics)

    Deepguard (in-house system and program behaviour watch and control technology, quite famous)

    A-Spam (licensed junk mail filter)


    By the way, at least 12, possible twice as many other anti-virus vendors worldwide licence the BitDefender Aquarius engine, this is really a widespread practice. Quite like the swiss watches industry, where most mechanical engines (ebauche) are made by ETA and then brand name vendors add various "complication" extras to those and put them into their designer cases, so every customer can find one for his/her own taste of functionality and usability.


    Best Regards: Tamas Feher, Hungary.

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