Virus Bulletin's renowned VB100 certification programme and comparative reviews

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The VB100 comparative and certification system is a regular independent comparison of anti-malware solutions.

VB100 certification

The VB100 award is a certification of products which meet the basic standards required to be recognised as legitimate and properly functioning anti-malware solutions.

To display a VB100 logo, a product must:

  • Prove it can detect 100% of malware samples listed as 'In the Wild' by the WildList Organization
  • Generate no false positives when scanning an extensive test set of clean samples
  • All this must be done with default, out-of-the-box settings in the VB lab environment on two test platforms (currently Windows 7 and Windows 10)

All solutions tested are submitted for testing by their developers. Full procedures of the certification scheme can be found on the methodology page.

Test schedule

The full schedule of upcoming comparatives can be found on the VB100 Schedule page.

Any developers interested in submitting anti-malware products for review should contact the test team by email using vbtest@virusbulletin.com.

Results history

An archive of VB100 test results is available, allowing users to view the performance of a vendor or solution over time. While a single test can only show a snapshot of a product's capabilities at a specific moment in time, this long-term view can be used as a guide to how vendors are likely to perform in the future. Listings of results by product can also be found in our test archives.

Additional tests: RAP testing

The unique RAP (Reactive and Proactive) tests measure simple static detection rates using the freshest samples available at the time products are submitted to the test, as well as samples not seen until after product databases are frozen. This provides a measure of both the vendors' ability to handle newly emerging malware and their accuracy in detecting previously unknown malware. (Note:  the results of this test do not count towards certification.)

Full details of the RAP scheme can also be found on the VB100 Methodology page.


Latest Report

The latest VB100 comparative test report

VB100 Test Schedule

The schedule for upcoming VB100 tests and reports

VB100 Methodology

Methodology for the VB100 certification test.

VB100 Test Archive

Details of all previous VB100 comparatives

VB Testing