Latest AV-Comparatives test results released

Posted by   Virus Bulletin on   Sep 21, 2009

High scores as 7 out of 16 graded Advanced+ in on demand tests

Independent testing body AV-Comparatives have released the results of their latest round of on demand anti-malware scanning tests, produced twice a year and featuring a selection of leading products.

The latest test features a total of 16 products, which were measured for detection performance against a massive collection of malicious samples, split into two sets with one containing sample representing the last 7 months, and the other the twelve months before that. Detection rates are balanced against false positives to produce an overall grading on a four stage scale. Of the 16 included, 7 achieved the highest ranking of 'Advanced+'.

The top achievers were Alwil's avast!, BitDefender, ESET's NOD32, F-Secure, G DATA, MicroWorld's eScan and Symantec's Norton. Also doing well at the 'Advanced' level were products from AVG, Avira, Kaspersky, McAfee and Trustport, with Avira, McAfee and Trustport marked down thanks to false alarms despite high detection rates. McAfee's product was tested with their Artemis in-the-cloud technology active.

Lower down the table came Microsoft's solution, rated 'Standard', while offerings from Kingsoft, Norman and Sophos ranked only 'Tested' - with Sophos' score again counterbalanced by a relatively high false positive rate.

Most products were tested with 'best possible' detection settings. The test will be completed with a round of retrospective testing of the same products, due out in a few months' time. Full details of the test and the methodology used can be found on the AV-Comparatives website, here.

Posted on 21 September 2009 by Virus Bulletin

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