AV-Comparatives unveils latest on-demand results

Posted by   Virus Bulletin on   Apr 12, 2011

20 products rated in large-scale detection tests.

Testing organization AV-Comparatives has revealed the results of its latest on-demand test.

Top-rated products include Trustport, F-Secure, Bitdefender, Avira, eScan, Kaspersky and McAfee, all rated 'Advanced+', with G Data, Avast, Panda, ESET, Microsoft, Symantec and Sophos rated 'Advanced'. Products from Qihoo (a newcomer to the test), PC Tools and AVG were labelled 'Standard', and K7, Webroot and Trend Micro brought up the rear with the 'Tested' mark. This is the third low-ranking result in a row for Trend Micro.

Top detection rates were recorded by dual-engine products from G Data and Trustport, both spotting more than 99% of over 400,000 recent samples used in the test. Also doing well were Avast, Panda and F-Secure with over 98%. The lowest scorers were K7 and Webroot, both of which missed well over 10% of samples.

McAfee aced the false positive test with no issues, while Microsoft was the only other vendor in the 'very few FPs' category, with just a single false alarm. Most other products had 15 or less, putting them in the 'few' category, while G Data, Panda, Avast, ESET and Webroot had between 18 and 22 false alerts, earning them a 'many' rating. The worst offenders in this measure were Qihoo, with 104, and Trend Micro with a massive 290. This knocked down the vendor's overall rating despite reasonable detection rates in the malware sample sets.

The test also included a scanning speed measure, which showed Avast way out in the lead and Panda, K7 and Webroot also doing well. PC Tools and Microsoft got the lowest ratings here. As with all its tests, AV-Comparatives recommends reading the full report to get the most out of the results; it can be found on www.av-comparatives.org.

Posted on 12 April 2011 by Virus Bulletin

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