With the release of Windows XP Service Pack 2, PCs using the AMD Athlon 64 processor can now benefit from hardware anti-virus protection.
AMD has stolen a march on Intel once again with the announcement that with the release of Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2), Enhanced Virus Protection (EVP) can now be enabled on all Athlon 64 processors.
AMD believes that a combination of hardware and software is the best approach for keeping harmful viruses, worms and Trojans away from a PC. For companies, such attacks are a massive problem, with the FBI claiming that 82 percent of US businesses were attacked by a virus during 2003, causing an estimated loss of $200 billion dollars.
EVP works in conjunction with the Data Execution Prevention technology found in Windows XP SP2. EVP can detect certain types of malicious code, in particular those that cause buffer overflow attacks, and prevent them from spreading round the system.
By having a combination of virus protection in hardware and software computers should be able to respond to threats quicker. Rob Enderle, president and principal analyst for the Enderle Group says, “Virus checking products simply cannot respond fast enough to threats that can spread worldwide in minutes when it takes days to develop an effective anti-virus response.” However, AMD still recommends that that users have a fully up-to-date anti-virus program on their PCs.
EVP technology is found in every AMD Athlon 64 FX-53, Athlon 64 for mobile and desktop and the mobile version of the new Sempron processor.
The technology will be enabled on AMD Opteron users once Service Pack 1 is released for Windows Server 2003.