Friday, March 16, 2012

February 2012 – Virus Bulletin RAP Averages Quadrant, August 2011 through February 2012

Virus Bulletin has released their latest RAP Averages Quadrant, representing August 2011 through February 2012. The top 10 (some eyeballing necessary):

  1. Emisoft
  2. Coranti
  3. Auslogics
  4. G Data
  5. TrustPort
  6. eScan
  7. Avira Free
  8. BullGuard
  9. BitDefender
  10. Ikarus

The top 10 in the April 2011 through October RAP Quadrant

  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 four companies were replaced in the top 10.

McAfee has to be disappointed. However, neither Symantec nor Trend Micro are present on this grid. PC Tools, owned by Symantec, was. Rising was at the bottom, only because Kingsoft wasn’t on the Quadrant this time.

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 developers and labs react to the steady flood of new malware emerging every day across the world.. A fourth test set consists of malware samples first seen in the week after product submission.

About Virus Bulletin

Virus Bulletin started in 1989 as a magazine dedicated to providing PC users with a regular source of intelligence about computer malware - its prevention, detection, and removal. In addition, how to recover programs and data following an attack.

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