Thursday, September 29, 2011

AV-Comparatives on Demand Detection of Malicious Software – September 2011

AV-Comparatives has released their latest On Demand Detection of Malicious Software report – September 2011. Twenty vendors were included in the test.

Advanced Plus (3 star ratings) were received by 10 vendors, G data, Avira, Panda, F-Secure, BitDefender, Kaspersky, ESET, Avast, McAfee, and Trend Micro. Advanced (2 star ratings) were achieved by TrustPort, Qihoo, eScan, AVG Technologies, Symantec, and Microsoft.

The top ten products in their April report for detection rate were in order, from G Data, TrustPort, Avast, Panda & F-Secure (tie) Qihoo, BitDefender, Avira & ESET (tie), and eScan This differs slightly from their 3 star ratings as you'll see in the report.

The table below combines several results. The second column is the ranking from the September report for total detection rate. The third column is the same but for the April report. The fourth column is for AV-Comparatives Whole Product Real World Dynamic Test in August. The last column is the score for PC Magazine’s Internet Security 2012 reviews. Probably these scores will be used for Best Internet Security Suites 2012 for PC Magazine.

What Does the Table below Mean?

With respect to the on Demand Detection tests, with the exception of McAfee; there was a consistency of performance among the top five vendors. There seems to be little relationship between the Whole Product Real World Dynamic test and the On Demand Detection tests. PC Magazine’s ratings didn’t correlate with any of the three tests. However, PC Magazine’s scores are for much more than detection of malware. They are for a total product review. For more details on PC Magazine’s testing go to

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

Go to their website for complete details about the organization,the many tests they perform, and to download copies of tests. This includes a September 2011 Corporate Comparative report that runs over 100 pages!

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