VB100 certification report October 2019

Martijn Grooten

Virus Bulletin

Copyright © 2019 Virus Bulletin


 

Introduction

The VB100 certification scheme – which has been in operation since 1998 yet remains as relevant now as it was back then – provides a stamp of quality and competence for anti-malware products that satisfy a minimum standard of detecting malicious executables that have recently been seen in the wild, while blocking few to no legitimate programs.

This report details the VB100 certification of 38 anti‑malware products from 33 different vendors during September 2019.

 

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 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.

 

Adaware Antivirus Free

Windows 7 version 12.6.1005.11662 10-19.jpg
Windows 10 version 12.6.1005.11662
WildList detection 100.0%
False positive rate 0.000%
Diversity Test rate 100.00%

 

Adaware Antivirus Pro

Windows 7 version 12.6.1005.11662  10-19.jpg
Windows 10 version 12.6.1005.11662 
WildList detection 100.0%
False positive rate 0.000%
Diversity Test rate 100.00%

 

Ad-Spider

Windows 7 version 2019.09.09  10-19.jpg
Windows 10 version 2019. 09. 10 
WildList detection 100.0%
False positive rate 0.000%
Diversity Test rate 100.00%

 

AhnLab V3 Internet Security 9.0

Windows 7 version 9.0.57.1  10-19.jpg
Windows 10 version 9.0.57.1 
WildList detection 99.9%
False positive rate 0.000%
Diversity Test rate 100.00%

 

Arcabit AntiVirus

Windows 7 version 2019.09.07  10-19.jpg
Windows 10 version 2019. 09.09 
WildList detection 100.0%
False positive rate 0.000%
Diversity Test rate 100.00%

 

Avast Free Antivirus

Windows 7 version 19.7.2388  10-19.jpg
Windows 10 version 19.7.2388 
WildList detection 100.0%
False positive rate 0.000%
Diversity Test rate 100.00%

 

AVG Internet Security

Windows 7 version 19.7.3103  10-19.jpg
Windows 10 version 19.7.3103 
WildList detection 100.0%
False positive rate 0.000%
Diversity Test rate 100.00%

 

Cynet 360

Windows 7 version 8.3.54.102  10-19.jpg
Windows 10 version 8.3.54.102 
WildList detection 99.9%
False positive rate 0.000%
Diversity Test rate 100.00%

 

Defenx Security Suite

Windows 7 version 1.3.0.1  10-19.jpg
Windows 10 version 1.3.0.1 
WildList detection 99.5%
False positive rate 0.001%
Diversity Test rate 100.00%

 

Emsisoft Anti-Malware

Windows 7 version 2019.8.0.9681  10-19.jpg
Windows 10 version 2019.8.0.9681 
WildList detection 100.0%
False positive rate 0.000%
Diversity Test rate 100.00%

 

eScan Internet Security Suite for Windows

Windows 7 version 14.0.1400.2029  10-19.jpg
Windows 10 version 14.0.1400.2029 
WildList detection 99.8%
False positive rate 0.000%
Diversity Test rate 100.00%

 

ESET Endpoint Security

Windows 7 version 7.1.2053.0  10-19.jpg
Windows 10 version 7.1.2053.0 
WildList detection 100.0%
False positive rate 0.000%
Diversity Test rate 100.00%

 

ESET Internet Security

Windows 7 version 12.2.23.0  10-19.jpg
Windows 10 version 12.2.23.0 
WildList detection 100.0%
False positive rate 0.000%
Diversity Test rate 100.00%

 

ESET Smart Security Premium

Windows 7 version 12.2.23.0  10-19.jpg
Windows 10 version 12.2.23.0 
WildList detection 100.0%
False positive rate 0.000%
Diversity Test rate 100.00%

 

ESTsecurity ALYac

Windows 7 version 4.0.2.23116  10-19.jpg
Windows 10 version 4.0.2.23116 
WildList detection 100.0%
False positive rate 0.000%
Diversity Test rate 100.00%

 

Exosphere Endpoint Protection

Windows 7 version 8.3.54.90  10-19.jpg
Windows 10 version 8.3.54.94 
WildList detection 100.0%
False positive rate 0.000%
Diversity Test rate 100.00%

 

Faronics Anti-Virus

Windows 7 version 4.20.3102.471  10-19.jpg
Windows 10 version 4.20.3102.471 
WildList detection 100.0%
False positive rate 0.000%
Diversity Test rate 100.00%

 

FireEye Endpoint Security

Windows 7 version 29.7.0  10-19.jpg
Windows 10 version 29.7.0 
WildList detection 99.5%
False positive rate 0.000%
Diversity Test rate 100.00%

 

Fortinet FortiClient

Windows 7 version 5.6.2.1117  10-19.jpg
Windows 10 version 5.6.2.1117 
WildList detection 100.0%
False positive rate 0.000%
Diversity Test rate 100.00%

 

G DATA Antivirus

Windows 7 version 25.5.0.4  10-19.jpg
Windows 10 version 25.5.0.2 
WildList detection 100.0%
False positive rate 0.001%
Diversity Test rate 99.59% 

 

Heimdal Thor Vigilance

Windows 7 version 2.5.213  10-19.jpg
Windows 10 version 2.5.222 
WildList detection 99.7%
False positive rate 0.000%
Diversity Test rate 100.00%

 

IKARUS anti.virus

Windows 7 version 3.1.6  10-19.jpg
Windows 10 version 3.1.6 
WildList detection 100.0%
False positive rate 0.000%
Diversity Test rate 100.00%

 

K7 Total Security

Windows 7 version 15.1.0368  10-19.jpg
Windows 10 version 15.1.0368 
WildList detection 100.0%
False positive rate 0.000%
Diversity Test rate 100.00%

 

Kaspersky Endpoint Security 11 for Windows

Windows 7 version 11.1.1.126  10-19.jpg
Windows 10 version 11.1.0.15919 
WildList detection 100.0%
False positive rate 0.000%
Diversity Test rate 99.90%

 

NANO Antivirus

Windows 7 version 1.0.134.90395  10-19.jpg
Windows 10 version 1.0.134.90395 
WildList detection 100.0%
False positive rate 0.001%
Diversity Test rate 100.00%

 

PCProtect

Windows 7 version 4.14.31  10-19.jpg
Windows 10 version 4.14.31 
WildList detection 100.0%
False positive rate 0.000%
Diversity Test rate 100.00%

 

Rising Security Cloud Client

Windows 7 version 3.0.0.90  10-19.jpg
Windows 10 version 3.0.0.90 
WildList detection 100.0%
False positive rate 0.001%
Diversity Test rate 91.16% 

 

Scanguard

Windows 7 version 4.14.31  10-19.jpg
Windows 10 version 4.14.31 
WildList detection 100.0%
False positive rate 0.000%
Diversity Test rate 100.00%

 

SentinelOne Endpoint Security Platform

Windows 7 version 3.2.4.54  10-19.jpg
Windows 10 version 3.2.4.54 
WildList detection 100.0%
False positive rate 0.002%
Diversity Test rate 100.00%

 

TACHYON Endpoint Security

Windows 7 version 5.0.0.57  10-19.jpg
Windows 10 version 5.0.0.57 
WildList detection 100.0%
False positive rate 0.003%
Diversity Test rate 100.00%

 

TeamViewer Endpoint Protection

Windows 7 version 1.3.195752  10-19.jpg
Windows 10 version 1.3.195752 
WildList detection 100.0% 
False positive rate 0.000%
Diversity Test rate 100.00%

 

Tencent PC Manager

Windows 7 version 12.3.26607.901  10-19.jpg
Windows 10 version 12.3.26607.901 
WildList detection 100.0% 
False positive rate 0.000%
Diversity Test rate 99.80%

 

TotalAV

Windows 7 version 4.14.31  10-19.jpg
Windows 10 version 4.14.31 
WildList detection 100.0%
False positive rate 0.000%
Diversity Test rate 100.00%

 

Total Defense Premium

Windows 7 version 11.5.0.222  10-19.jpg
Windows 10 version 11.5.0.222 
WildList detection 100.0%
False positive rate 0.000%
Diversity Test rate 100.00%

 

Total Defense Unlimited

Windows 7 version 11.0.0.775  10-19.jpg
Windows 10 version 11.0.0.775 
WildList detection 100.0%
False positive rate 0.000%
Diversity Test rate 100.00%

 

VIPRE Advanced Security

Windows 7 version 11.0.4.2  10-19.jpg
Windows 10 version 11.0.4.2 
WildList detection 100.0%
False positive rate 0.000%
Diversity Test rate 100.00%

 

VirIT eXplorer PRO

Windows 7 version 9.0.21  10-19.jpg
Windows 10 version 9.0.21 
WildList detection 100.0%
False positive rate 0.000%
Diversity Test rate 69.92%

 

Wontok SafeCentral Security Suite

Windows 7 version 2.0.1548  10-19.jpg
Windows 10 version 2.0.1548 
WildList detection 100.0%
False positive rate 0.000%
Diversity Test rate 100.00%

 

Appendix 1: products not certified

All participating products achieved VB100 certification in this test.

 

Appendix 2: excluded parts

  • For FireEye Endpoint Security, the third certification part for both platforms was discarded due to technical issues.
  • For Heimdal Thor Vigilance, the third certification part for both platforms was discarded due to technical issues.
  • For NANO Antivirus, the third certification part for both platforms was discarded due to technical issues.

 

Appendix 3: sample set sizes

The WildList contained 1,487 samples. The set of clean files used for the false positive test contained 99,993 files, of which 29,162 were portable executable (PE) files. The set used for the Diversity Test contained 984 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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