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What is an IDE (Virus Identity Files)?

IDE stands for Virus Identity Files (yeah, it doesn’t really make sense, but that’s how Sophos refers to them). These are the tools the program uses to tell when something on your computer is a virus, worm, Trojan horse, or other malware. Sophos checks for IDE updates every time you connect to the Internet and every two hours while you’re connected.

This article was updated: 07/9/2013