Sunday, November 27, 2011

AV-Comparatives Anti-Virus Comparative Retrospective Test - November 2011

AV-Comparatives has released their Anti-Virus Comparative Retrospective Test (static detection of new/unknown malicious software) – November 2011. Twelve vendors were included in the test. In general, the company’s antivirus 2012 products were used, not the internet security suite 2012 products.

Seven vendors received advanced (3 star) ratings In Av-comparatives November test. In order, these were G Data, Avira, Eset, Kaspersky, F-Secure, and BitDefender. These all received 3 star ratings in the previous test, as well. .

Advanced Plus (3 star ratings) were received by 10 vendors in August, G data, Avira, Panda, F-Secure, BitDefender, Kaspersky, ESET, Avast, McAfee, and Trend Micro. .

The table below combines a couple of results. The November test results for proactive detection of new malware (first two columns) and the Q3 AV Comparative test rankings. Note that the order in the table below doesn't match the order for the three star rankings, which take other factors into account.

The November test evaluated only the offline heuristic/generic detection of the products against unknown/new malware, without the need to execute it or to submit it against anything else.

According to AV-Comparatives, a number of vendors declined to participate in the test. “In their opinion (the vendor), their product’s real-life capabilities are not adequately represented in the retrospective test to the absence of a live Internet connection or because URL blocking is not considered.” See page 4 of the report for additional details.

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

Go to the AV-comparatives website for complete details about the organization, the many tests they perform, and to download copies of tests.

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