VB100 certification report - October 2018

Martijn Grooten

Virus Bulletin

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Introduction

Virus Bulletin has been testing anti‑virus (or anti-malware) products for more than two decades. A lot has changed during that time: threats have evolved greatly, as have the products. Yet, one thing has remained constant: people expect the security products they use to keep up with the latest malware.

The VB100 certification tests check whether products live up to that expectation, providing those that do with the VB100 stamp of approval.

This report details the performance of 28 of such products, from 27 different vendors, tested during September and October 2018, each of which achieved a VB100 award.

 

The VB100 set-up

In the VB100 test, a copy of the product to be tested is installed on two platforms: Windows 10 and Windows 7. On each platform, and at three different times in the test, the product is asked to scan both the latest version of the WildList1 and a selection of clean files taken from Virus Bulletin's own set of files belonging to widely used legitimate software.

A legitimate file that is blocked at least once is considered a false positive, while a WildList file that isn't blocked is considered a miss.

A product achieves a VB100 certification if:

  • No more than 0.5% of WildList samples are missed

and

  • No more than 0.01% of legitimate files are blocked

For full details, we refer to the VB100 methodology on the Virus Bulletin website: https://www.virusbulletin.com/testing/vb100/vb100-methodology/vb100-methodology-ver1-1/. This test used version 1.1 of the VB100 methodology.

 

Diversity test

The malware part of the VB100 certification test uses the WildList, a regularly updated list of extremely well-vetted malware samples, guaranteed to have been spotted in the wild multiple times. This makes them very suitable for a certification test like VB100.

The 'Diversity Test' looks at products' detection of another set of recent malware samples, to acknowledge the fact that products detect malware samples beyond a standard set of samples, and provides a measure of that detection.

 

Products & results

Products were allowed to download updates during the course of the test. The version numbers listed in the results that follows refer to those at the start of the test.

 

AhnLab V3 Internet Security 9.0

Windows 7 version 9.0.49.2 10.jpg
Windows 10 version 9.0.49.2
WildList detection 100.0%
False positive rate 0.000%
Diversity test rate N/A

 

Arcabit AntiVirus

Windows 7 version 2018.09.04  10.jpg
Windows 10 version  2018.09.05
WildList detection  100.0%
False positive rate  0.000%
Diversity test rate  99.52%

 

Avast Free Antivirus

Windows 7 version  18.6.2349 10.jpg
Windows 10 version  18.6.2349
WildList detection  100.0%
False positive rate  0.000%
Diversity test rate  99.64%

 

AVG Internet Security

Windows 7 version  18.6.3066 10.jpg
Windows 10 version  18.6.3066
WildList detection  100.0%
False positive rate  0.000%
Diversity test rate  99.64%

 

Cyren Command Anti-Malware

Windows 7 version  5.1.38 10.jpg
Windows 10 version  5.1.38
WildList detection  100.0%
False positive rate  0.003%
Diversity test rate  99.17%

 

Defenx Security Suite

Windows 7 version  15.1.0111 10.jpg
Windows 10 version  15.1.0111
WildList detection  100.0%
False positive rate  0.001%
Diversity test rate  98.33%

 

Emsisoft Anti-Malware

Windows 7 version  2018.8.0.9810 10.jpg
Windows 10 version  2018.8.0.9810
WildList detection  100.0%
False positive rate  0.000%
Diversity test rate  99.64%

 

eScan Internet Security Suite for Windows

Windows 7 version 14.0.1400.2029  10.jpg
Windows 10 version 14.0.1400.2029
WildList detection 100.0% 
False positive rate 0.000% 
Diversity test rate 99.88% 

 

ESET Internet Security

Windows 7 version 11.2.49.0  10.jpg
Windows 10 version 11.2.49.0 
WildList detection 100.0% 
False positive rate  0.000%
Diversity test rate 100.00% 

 

ESTsecurity ALYac

Windows 7 version 3.0.1.3  10.jpg
Windows 10 version 3.0.1.3 
WildList detection 100.0% 
False positive rate 0.000% 
Diversity test rate 99.52% 

 

Faronics Anti-Virus

Windows 7 version 4.12.3102.401  10.jpg
Windows 10 version 4.12.3102.401 
WildList detection 100.0% 
False positive rate 0.005% 
Diversity test rate 100.00% 

 

FireEye Endpoint Security

Windows 7 version 26.21.8  10.jpg
Windows 10 version 26.21.8 
WildList detection 100.0% 
False positive rate 0.000%
Diversity test rate 99.52% 

 

Fortinet FortiClient

Windows 7 version 5.6.2.1117  10.jpg
Windows 10 version 5.6.2.1117 
WildList detection 100.0% 
False positive rate 0.000% 
Diversity test rate 99.88% 

 

G DATA Antivirus

Windows 7 version 25.4.0.4  10.jpg
Windows 10 version 25.4.0.4 
WildList detection 100.0%
False positive rate 0.001% 
Diversity test rate 100.00% 

 

IKARUS anti.virus

Windows 7 version  2.19.9 10.jpg
Windows 10 version  2.16.20
WildList detection 100.0% 
False positive rate 0.000% 
Diversity test rate 97.98% 

 

K7 Total Security

Windows 7 version 15.1.0342  10.jpg
Windows 10 version 15.1.0342
WildList detection 100.0% 
False positive rate 0.000%
Diversity test rate 98.45% 

 

Kaspersky Endpoint Security 10 for Windows

Windows 7 version  11.0.0.6499 10.jpg
Windows 10 version  11.0.0.6499
WildList detection  100.0%
False positive rate 0.000% 
Diversity test rate 99.76% 

 

NANO Antivirus

Windows 7 version 1.0.126.89281  10.jpg
Windows 10 version 1.0.126.89281
WildList detection 100.0% 
False positive rate 0.001% 
Diversity test rate 99.76% 

 

Rising Security Cloud Client

Windows 7 version 3.0.0.82  10.jpg
Windows 10 version 3.0.0.82 
WildList detection 100.0% 
False positive rate 0.000% 
Diversity test rate 77.86% 

 

SafeCentral Security Suite

Windows 7 version 2.0.1430  10.jpg
Windows 10 version 2.0.1430 
WildList detection 100.0% 
False positive rate 0.000% 
Diversity test rate 100.00% 

 

TACHYON Endpoint Security

Windows 7 version 5.0.0.57  10.jpg
Windows 10 version 5.0.0.57 
WildList detection 100.0% 
False positive rate 0.006% 
Diversity test rate 99.76% 

 

TeamViewer ITbrain Anti-Malware

Windows 7 version 1.0.105328  10.jpg
Windows 10 version 1.0.105328 
WildList detection 100.0% 
False positive rate 0.000% 
Diversity test rate 99.52% 

 

Tencent PC Manager

Windows 7 version 12.3.26577.901  10.jpg
Windows 10 version 12.3.26577.901 
WildList detection 100.0% 
False positive rate 0.000% 
Diversity test rate 100.00% 

 

Total Defense Premium

Windows 7 version 9.0.0.747  10.jpg
Windows 10 version 9.0.0.747 
WildList detection 100.0% 
False positive rate 0.000% 
Diversity test rate 99.52% 

 

TotalAV

Windows 7 version 4.6.19  10.jpg
Windows 10 version 4.9.36 
WildList detection 99.9% 
False positive rate 0.000% 
Diversity test rate  N/A

 

VIPRE Advanced Security

Windows 7 version 10.1.4.33  10.jpg
Windows 10 version 10.3.4.2 
WildList detection 100.0% 
False positive rate 0.000%
Diversity test rate 100.00% 

 

VirIT eXplorer PRO

Windows 7 version 8.7.55  10.jpg
Windows 10 version 8.7.54 
WildList detection 100.0% 
False positive rate 0.001% 
Diversity test rate 40.83% 

 

Zemana EndPoint Security

Windows 7 version 6.6.1.36  10.jpg
Windows 10 version 6.6.1.36 
WildList detection 100.0% 
False positive rate 0.000% 
Diversity test rate 100.00% 

 

Appendix 1: products not certified

All tested products were certified.

 

Appendix 2: excluded parts

Technical and other issues can render the data we collect insufficient or otherwise unsuitable for accurate reporting. In such cases, the methodology allows us to discard the affected test part and record the event below. Two healthy test parts out of three are required for the certification to be issued.

  • For AhnLab V3 Internet Security 9.0, the results of the Diversity Test were discarded due to technical issues.
  • For FireEye Endpoint Security, the results of the second part of the certification test were discarded due to technical issues.
  • For TotalAV, the results of the Diversity Test were discarded due to technical issues.

 

Appendix 3: sample set sizes

The WildList contained 1,580 samples. The set of clean files used for the false positive test contained 100,000 files, of which 29,235 were portable executable (PE) files. The set used for the Diversity Test contained 840 samples.

 

Footnotes

1 The WildList is an extremely well-vetted set of malware recently observed in the wild by researchers: http://www.wildlist.org/.

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