Wednesday, May 25, 2011

AV-Comparatives Retrospective Test (static detection of new/unknown malicious software) – May 2011

AV-Comparatives has released an update to their latest Retrospective Test (static detection of new/unknown malicious software) – May 2011. Twelve vendors are included in the report. Only two vendors achieved the Advanced Plus (three star rating). In order, they were Avira and Kaspersky.

The top four vendors for proactive detection of new malware were G Data, Eset, Avira, and Kaspersky.

Vendors declining to participate in this test were in alphabetical order, Avast, AVG Technologies, K7, McAfee, PC Tools, Symantec, Trend Micro and Web Root. Twelve is probably the lowest number of vendors tested recently by AV-Comparatives.

Av-Comparatives goes into great detail in their document as to why these vendors may have passed on participating on this particular test. Among the reasons: real life capabilities would not be adequately represented in the test due to the absence of (a) a live Internet connection or because URL blocking was not considered. There's always the "if you know you may not perform well in a specific test...." Go to page 4 of the report for additional details.

In order to get comparable results, AV-comparatives tested all products with the highest settings, unless there were advised otherwise by the vendors. In the cloud functionality, was not used during this test. To view the report, go to

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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