If you’re running antivirus software and you see the dreaded virus detection notice, take heed and be paranoid. Many drive-by infections will throw a host of exploits at a possible victim in their attempts to optimize the ratio of “visitors” and successful infections. With malware variants, polymorphism and obfuscation, antivirus is only going to go so far in it’s ability to detect and prevent and typically that’s not far enough.
So next time your antivirus software tells you a virus was detected, consider it a warning, not a notification. There’s a good chance something malicious has landed on your machine and your antivirus is clueless to the fact. If antivirus detects one infection and misses another it’s a tie.
And in the attacker/victim game of life, tie goes to the attacker.