First AV-Test certifications of 2011 published

Posted by   Virus Bulletin on   Apr 15, 2011

22 products scored on multiple scales in quarterly test report.

Testing organization AV-Test has published its latest round of anti-malware certification tests, with 22 products rated on a wide range of factors.

17 of the 22 products were judged worthy of AV-Test's 'Certified' badge, with five not reaching the required standard in a suite of tests that measure products' real-time protection capabilities, scanning detection rates, cleaning and disinfection, and impact on the protected system. Each of three main categories earns products up to six points, with a total of 11 required to earn a pass mark.

Leading the pack were BitDefender and F-Secure, with Symantec hot on their heels; all scored 15 or higher from a possible 18 points. Other high scorers included G Data, Kaspersky and Panda, with 14 points, AVG with 13.5, and Sophos with 13. ESET, Trend Micro and Webroot all put in a decent showing with 12.5 points, and GFI (formerly Sunbelt) was also safely past the cutoff with 12. Avast, Avira, eScan and Microsoft flew pretty close to the wind with 11.5 points, while BullGuard just scraped a pass with 11.

Products not awarded certification, in either this or the previous round of tests, came from CA, Comodo, McAfee and Norman, with PC Tools joining them at the low end of the list this month. The lowest scorers were Norman and McAfee, both with a lowly 8.5 points - less than half the possible tally. Both were let down by large numbers of false positives, particularly in the earlier part of the testing period.

Full details of the results, including individual reports for each product taking part in the test, can be found on the AV-Test website: http://www.av-test.org/. This latest batch of results rounds off a busy few weeks for testers, with AV-Comparatives.org also releasing figures this week, and the latest results of our own VB100 comparative, featuring the largest ever set of products, published in the current issue of VB. Subscribers can read the full issue here, while a summary of the results are available here.

Posted on 15 April 2011 by Virus Bulletin

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