Sunday, April 17, 2011

AV-Comparatives on Demand Detection of Malicious Software – April 2011 (Latest Revision)

AV-Comparatives has released an updated to their latest On Demand Detection of Malicious Software report – April 2011. Twenty vendors are included in the report. Advanced Plus (3 star ratings) were achieved by seven vendors. In order, they were TrustPort, F-Secure, BitDefender, Avira, eScan, Kaspersky, and McAfee.

G-DATA, TrustPort, and Avast ranked one, two, and three, respectively, with the percentage of least samples missed. All were under two percent.

Of the vendors best known for free antivirus protection, Avira received Advanced Plus certification (3 stars) Avast received Advanced Certification (two stars) and AVG Technologies, Standard Certification (one star). According to the report, by request of the respective vendors, these vendors’ free versions of software were used, avast Free Antivirus, AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition, and Avira AntiVir Personal.

AV-Comparatives consulted with vendors with respect to what settings to use for the test. For the complete report, go to the AV-Comparatives web site. There you will find details on samples used, testing methodology, scanning speed results, and more.

AV-Comparatives is an Austrian Non-Profit-Organization, which provides independent Anti-Virus software tests free to the public.

Note that there are other testing organizations as well. Individuals and companies evaluating AV and Internet Security SW should also look at the others, at reviews, round-ups, and group tests performed by reputable testing organizations, and technology publications. For information on testing best practices, people can go to the Anti-Malware Testing Standards Organization website (AMTSO),

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