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Re: Emacs startup suddenly slower

From: John Mastro
Subject: Re: Emacs startup suddenly slower
Date: Sat, 16 Sep 2017 12:23:27 -0700

Emanuel Berg wrote:
> Startup time is also a bit irrelevant, even
> 83s, as typically what you'd do is simply turn
> it (Emacs) on and then keep it running.
> Uptime, remember?
> PS. Why do you want to run an antivirus program
>     each time you start Emacs? Is that a new
>     vulnerable interface where the crackers
>     lay their attentions?

That's not really how it works. Rather than a user initiating a virus
scan at specific times, it's always running in the background,
analyzing program behavior for signs that a process may be malicious
(among other things).

The idea is that this may let it catch, for instance, some new
ransomware variant based purely on the fact that it's doing
ransomware-like things, without needing a specific "signature" to
identify it.

[ Note: I'm no expert on antivirus techniques or implementations, this
  is just my casual understanding ]


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