Sunday, May 06, 2012

May 2012 – Virus Bulletin RAP Averages Quadrant, October 2011 through April 2012

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

  1. Coranti
  2. Lavasoft
  3. Auslogics
  4. G Data
  5. BitDefender
  6. ESTSoft(?) (Could be Emisoft)
  7. TrustPort
  8. Avira Free
  9. Avira Pro
  10. Kaspersky ES

A bit of movement from the February report

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

 All of the top 10 on the latest RAP Averages Quadrant  achieved greater than 90% on Reactive Detection and Proactive Detection.  Congrats!  

Neither Symantec nor Trend Micro are present on this RAP Averages Quadrant.  PC Tools, owned by Symantec, was. McAfee was barely over 60% on Proactive and under 80% on Reactive.  Iolo and UnThreat were at the bottom.  Kingsoft and Rising (perennial bottoms), appear to have disappeared.  UnThreat had the worst Proactive Detection rate by far, at around 40%.

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

This test doesn’t seem to get a lot of press compared to Virus Bulletin’s VB100 awards.  Perhaps because it’s a little harder to understand.  More likely, no VB100 Award logo to put on the website!

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.

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