Method and apparatus for look-ahead security scanning

  • US 20060101514A1
  • Filed: 11/01/2005
  • Published: 05/11/2006
  • Est. Priority Date: 11/08/2004
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. An automated method of analyzing content to determine if the content contains a security threat, the method comprising:

  • selecting, within a document open on a client computing device, a target link to the content;

    loading the content into a safe cache before the content is opened by an application configured to provide access to the content on the client device;

    while the content is in the safe cache;

    preventing the content from altering the contents of a memory location or storage location external to the safe cache; and

    scanning the content for a security threat; and

    indicating a result of said scanning before the user selects the link.

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