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Neural Networks for Computer Virus Recognition

Gerald Tesauro, Jeffrey Kephart, Gregory Sorkin
IEEE Expert, vol. 11, no. 4, Aug. 1996, pp. 5-6.
August 1996

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We have developed a neural network for generic detection of a particular class of computer viruses_the so-called boot sector viruses that infect the boot sector of a floppy disk or a hard drive. This is an important and relatively tractable subproblem of generic virus detection. Only about 5% of all known viruses are boot sector viruses, yet they account for nearly 90% of all virus incidents.1 We have successfully deployed our neural network as a commercial product, distributing it to millions of PC users worldwide as part of the IBM AntiVirus software package.

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