Sunday, January 15, 2012

January 2012 – Virus Bulletin RAP Averages Quadrant, June through December 2011

Virus Bulletin has released their latest RAP Averages Quadrant, representing April 2011 through October 2011 data. The top 10 (some eyeballing necessary):

1. Emsisoft
2. Bkis
3. Coranti
4. TrustPort
5. eScan
6. Avira Pro
7. BullGuard
8. BitDefender
9. Avira Free
10. Lavasoft

All of these achieved greater than 90% on Reactive Detection and Proactive Detection. Congrats! There was turnover in the latest test as five companies were replaced in the top 10.

The top 10 in their April 2011 through October timeframe:

1. Bkis
2. Coranti
3. TrustPort
4. BullGuard
5. Qihoo
6. F-secure
7. G Data
8. Kaspersky
9. Nifty
10. eScan

McAfee and Sophos have to be disappointed, again. However, neither Symantec nor Trend Micro are present on this grid. PC Tools, owned by Symantec, was. What’s with Kingsoft Advanced (the lowest) and Rising? These two were at the bottom again.

The relative performance of vendors can best be viewed by looking at the RAP Averages Quadrant chart at

Subscribers to Virus Bulletin's publications have access to more details on the results.

RAP Averages Quadrant

This test measures products' detection rates across four distinct sets of malware samples. The first three test sets comprise malware first seen in each of the three weeks prior to product submission. These measure how quickly product developer and labs react to the steady flood of new malware emerging every day across the wor A fourth test set consists of malware samples first seen in the week after product submission.

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