VB100 certification report December 2019

Martijn Grooten

Virus Bulletin

Copyright © 2019 Virus Bulletin


 

Introduction

The VB100 certification scheme 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 results of 39 such products from 33 different vendors during November and December 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.

 

Ad-Spider

Windows 7 version 2019.11.01  12-19.jpg
Windows 10 version 2019.11.01
WildList detection 100.0% 
False positive rate 0.000%
Diversity Test rate 100.00%

 

Adaware Antivirus Free

Windows 7 version 12.6.1005.11662  12-19.jpg
Windows 10 version 12.6.1005.11662 
WildList detection 99.9% 
False positive rate 0.000%
Diversity Test rate 100.00%

 

Adaware Antivirus Pro

Windows 7 version 12.6.1005.11662  12-19.jpg
Windows 10 version 12.6.1005.11662 
WildList detection 99.9%
False positive rate 0.000%
Diversity Test rate 100.00%

 

AhnLab V3 Internet Security 9.0

Windows 7 version 9.0.57.3  12-19.jpg
Windows 10 version 9.0.57.3 
WildList detection 100.0%
False positive rate 0.000%
Diversity Test rate 100.00%

 

Arcabit AntiVirus

Windows 7 version 2019.11.03  12-19.jpg
Windows 10 version 2019.11.04
WildList detection 100.0%
False positive rate 0.000%
Diversity Test rate 100.00%

 

Avast Free Antivirus

Windows 7 version 19.8.2393  12-19.jpg
Windows 10 version 19.8.2393 
WildList detection 100.0%
False positive rate 0.000%
Diversity Test rate 100.00%

 

AVG Internet Security

Windows 7 version 19.8.3108  12-19.jpg
Windows 10 version 19.8.3108 
WildList detection 100.0%
False positive rate 0.000%
Diversity Test rate 100.00%

 

Cynet 360

Windows 7 version 8.3.54.124  12-19.jpg
Windows 10 version 8.3.54.124 
WildList detection 100.0% 
False positive rate 0.000%
Diversity Test rate 99.50%

 

Defenx Security Suite

Windows 7 version 1.4.0.7  12-19.jpg
Windows 10 version 1.4.0.7 
WildList detection 100.0%
False positive rate 0.000%
Diversity Test rate 99.50%

 

Emsisoft Anti-Malware

Windows 7 version 2019.10.0.9803  12-19.jpg
Windows 10 version 2019.10.0.9803 
WildList detection 99.9%
False positive rate 0.000%
Diversity Test rate 100.00%

 

eScan Internet Security Suite for Windows

Windows 7 version 14.0.1400.2175 12-19.jpg
Windows 10 version 14.0.1400.2175
WildList detection 100.0%
False positive rate 0.000%
Diversity Test rate 100.00%

 

ESET Internet Security

Windows 7 version 13.0.22.0  12-19.jpg
Windows 10 version 13.0.22.0 
WildList detection 100.0%
False positive rate 0.000%
Diversity Test rate 100.00%

 

ESET Smart Security Premium

Windows 7 version 13.0.22.0  12-19.jpg
Windows 10 version 13.0.22.0 
WildList detection 100.0%
False positive rate 0.000%
Diversity Test rate 100.00%

 

ESET Endpoint Security

Windows 7 version 7.1.2053.0  12-19.jpg
Windows 10 version 7.1.2053.0 
WildList detection 100.0%
False positive rate 0.000%
Diversity Test rate 100.00%

 

ESTsecurity ALYac

Windows 7 version 4.0.2.23116  12-19.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

(see notes in Appendix 2)

Windows 7 version 8.3.54.124  12-19.jpg
Windows 10 version 8.3.54.128 
WildList detection 99.9%
False positive rate 0.000%
Diversity Test rate 99.70%

 

Faronics Anti-Virus

Windows 7 version 4.20.3102.471  12-19.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 30.19.3  12-19.jpg
Windows 10 version 30.19.3 
WildList detection 100.0%
False positive rate

0.000%

Diversity Test rate 100.00%

 

Fortinet FortiClient

Windows 7 version 6.0.8.0261  12-19.jpg
Windows 10 version 6.0.8.0261 
WildList detection 100.0%
False positive rate 0.000%
Diversity Test rate 100.00%

 

G DATA Antivirus

Windows 7 version 25.5.4.21  12-19.jpg
Windows 10 version 25.5.4.21 
WildList detection 99.9%
False positive rate 0.000%
Diversity Test rate 100.00%

 

Heimdal Thor Vigilance

Windows 7 version 2.5.222  12-19.jpg
Windows 10 version 2.5.222 
WildList detection 100.0%
False positive rate 0.000%
Diversity Test rate 99.50%

 

IKARUS anti.virus

Windows 7 version 3.1.6  12-19.jpg
Windows 10 version 3.1.6 
WildList detection 100.0%
False positive rate 0.001%
Diversity Test rate 100.00%

 

ITL Total Security

(see notes in Appendix 2)

Windows 7 version 1.0.0.11  12-19.jpg
Windows 10 version 1.0.0.11 
WildList detection 100.0%
False positive rate 0.000%
Diversity Test rate 99.50%

 

K7 Total Security

Windows 7 version 16.0.0122  12-19.jpg
Windows 10 version 16.0.0120 
WildList detection 100.0%
False positive rate 0.000%
Diversity Test rate 99.80%

 

 Kaspersky Endpoint Security 11 for Windows

(see notes in Appendix 2)

Windows 7 version 11.1.1.126  12-19.jpg
Windows 10 version 11.1.1.126 
WildList detection 100.0%
False positive rate 0.000%
Diversity Test rate -

 

 NANO Antivirus

Windows 7 version 1.0.134.90395  12-19.jpg
Windows 10 version 1.0.134.90395 
WildList detection 100.0%
False positive rate 0.000%
Diversity Test rate 98.39%

 

 PCProtect

Windows 7 version 4.14.31  12-19.jpg
Windows 10 version 4.14.31 
WildList detection 100.0%
False positive rate 0.000%
Diversity Test rate 99.50%

 

Rising Security Cloud Client

Windows 7 version 3.0.0.93  12-19.jpg
Windows 10 version 3.0.0.93 
WildList detection 100.0%
False positive rate 0.006%
Diversity Test rate 86.48%

 

SentinelOne Endpoint Security Platform

(see notes in Appendix 2)

Windows 7 version 3.2.4.54  12-19.jpg
Windows 10 version 3.2.4.54 
WildList detection 99.9%
False positive rate 0.00%
Diversity Test rate -

 

Scanguard

Windows 7 version 4.14.31  12-19.jpg
Windows 10 version 4.14.31 
WildList detection 100.0%
False positive rate 0.000%
Diversity Test rate 99.50%

 

TACHYON Endpoint Security

Windows 7 version 5.0.0.57  12-19.jpg
Windows 10 version 5.0.0.57 
WildList detection 100.0%
False positive rate 0.000%
Diversity Test rate 100.00%

 

TeamViewer Endpoint Protection

Windows 7 version 1.4.207175  12-19.jpg
Windows 10 version 1.4.207175 
WildList detection 100.0%
False positive rate 0.000%
Diversity Test rate 100.00%

 

Tencent PC Manager

Windows 7 version 12.3.26607.901  12-19.jpg
Windows 10 version 12.3.26607.901 
WildList detection 100.0%
False positive rate 0.000%
Diversity Test rate 99.60%

 

Total Defense Premium

Windows 7 version 11.5.2.28  12-19.jpg
Windows 10 version 11.5.2.28 
WildList detection 100.0%
False positive rate 0.000%
Diversity Test rate 100.00%

 

Total Defense Unlimited

Windows 7 version 11.5.2.28  12-19.jpg
Windows 10 version 11.0.0.775 
WildList detection 100.0%
False positive rate 0.000%
Diversity Test rate 100.00%

 

TotalAV

Windows 7 version 4.14.31  12-19.jpg
Windows 10 version 4.14.31 
WildList detection 100.0%
False positive rate 0.000%
Diversity Test rate 99.50%

 

VIPRE Advanced Security

Windows 7 version 11.0.4.2  12-19.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 9.0.36  12-19.jpg
Windows 10 version 9.0.52 
WildList detection 100.0% 
False positive rate 0.000%
Diversity Test rate 68.01%

 

Wontok SafeCentral Security Suite

Windows 7 version 2.0.1548  12-19.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

Cyren Command Anti-Malware did not achieve VB100 certification in this test.

 

Appendix 2: testing notes

  • Test results for Exosphere Endpoint Protection are based on Windows 10 data only, as data inconsistencies rendered the Windows 7 test results unreliable.
  • ITL Total Security was tested in on-demand test mode. At the request of the vendor, we also note that real-time protection behaviour was also observed, if not tested.
  • The Diversity Test results for Kaspersky Endpoint Security 11 for Windows were considered unreliable due to an engineering error on VB’s behalf, and were discarded.
  • The Diversity Test results for SentinelOne Endpoint Security Platform were invalidated due to technical issues on both test platforms.

 

Appendix 3: sample set sizes

The WildList (certification) set contained 2,471 malicious samples. The set of clean samples used for the false positive test contained 100,000 files, of which 29,175 were portable executable (PE) files. The set used for the Diversity Test contained 991 malicious 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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