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#1 franko

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Posted 26 September 2006 - 07:37 AM

Over time I've run various antivirus and antispyware scans and generally they will show me a progression of the number of either files or objects being scanned. McAfee and PC-cillin AV scans will typically show about 23,000 FILES have been scanned; Ad-Aware and ewido antispyware, as well as Panda Online AV, list 100,000+ OBJECTS being scanned. When I had it, Microsoft Antispyware would show anywhere from approx. 10,000-13,000 (I forget if it was files or objects) - interestingly, the greater number would be listed as a result of the Quick scan, while the Full scan listed the smaller number. Anyway, I was hoping someone could tell me the difference between Files and Objects. My inclination, since they are such a greater number, is to assume that Objects are the parts making up the whole of a File. I'd be disappointed to find that the two are synonymous, since that would mean some scans are checking a vastly fewer files/objects than others. Anyone with any relevant info?

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#2 AplusWebMaster

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Posted 26 September 2006 - 09:25 AM

FYI...

- http://www.thefreedictionary.com/file
"...3. Computer Science - A collection of related data or program records stored as a unit with a single name."

- http://www.thefreedi...nary.com/Object
"...6. Computer Science - A discrete item that can be selected and maneuvered, such as an onscreen graphic. In object-oriented programming, objects include data and the procedures necessary to operate on that data."


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Posted 26 September 2006 - 05:11 PM

Thanks, Aplus Yes. "Still confused" sums it up nicely :huh: I suppose a uniform terminology would just be boring.

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