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Here's some good references that'll give you a good general understanding of it:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antivirus_software#Heuristics

http://www.freepatentsonline.com/7266844.html

http://books.google.com/books?id=0RfANAwOU...6&ct=result

http://cse.stanford.edu/class/cs201/projec...anti-virus.html

Many times with programs like MBAM, they seem to look for certain patterns, for example, older Vundo/Virtumonde variants (and some current as well) often employed a tactic of naming their trojan dll's with random 8 character alphanumeric names and have a key in a certain place in the registry to tell it to execute containing the same random filename, if you understood enough about the details of these infection patterns, you could create a highly accurate heuristic algorithm to detect new variants as long as they followed this same pattern of behaviour without needing to know the names of every dll out there related to Vundo/Virtumonde.

This also means MBAM can detect it with a quick scan vs a full scan because it knows where to look, and it also means smaller definitions and quicker overall scanning because it doesn't need specific file signatures for precise filenames and MD5 checksums like most AV's employ.

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Honestly, I would have no problems with that. Sometimes, I just feel like I can't suck this information up fast enough. Like I am so much behind the curve. I am really starting to have a strong interest in computer security though. I always thought I was more of a hardware guy... But computer security has really caught my eye.

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