AV-Test.org unveils latest results

Posted by   Virus Bulletin on   Nov 5, 2010

Trend Micro achieves pass; Microsoft and McAfee fail to reach certification standards.

Independent testing body AV-Test.org has released its latest set of quarterly test results, reporting on the performance of 19 products in its multi-layer certification scheme. The reports show some major players not reaching the required grade, with McAfee's Internet Security solution missing out on certification for the second quarter running, while Microsoft's free-for-home-use Security Essentials was also denied certification. Trend Micro, having put in a poor showing in the previous test, stepped up a gear to achieve its first certification under the scheme launched earlier this year.

The testing scheme puts products through a number of measures, balancing protection against live threats with cleanup and usability issues, such as impact on system speed and false positives; a minimum score from the entire suite of tests is needed in order to be granted certified status. Problems for McAfee and Microsoft were noted in both the protection and removal categories, putting the pass mark out of reach despite decent scores in the usability section.

Among those attaining the pass mark were solutions from Avast, AVG, Avira, BitDefender, Eset, F-Secure, G DATA, Kaspersky Lab, Panda, PC Tools and Webroot, with Symantec's Norton achieving the highest overall score across the three categories. Norman's Security Suite was also denied an award for the second quarter running. A further three products were included in the test but their reports have yet to be made available.

The test was conducted on Windows XP, after last quarter's Windows 7 test. Full details of the results, with fine-grained breakdowns for each product covered, are available from the AV-Test.org website, here.

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Posted on 05 November 2010 by Virus Bulletin

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