Saturday, May 05, 2012
Virus Bulletin VB100 Awards - April 2012
Virus Bulletin has released their latest VB100 awards results for April. Many more participants this time, since the test was done on Windows XP. The last test was done on Red Hat Enterprise Linux.
Not too much excitement. Some “biggies” failed to receive a VB100 this go around. F-Secure and Sophos both failed to receive a VB100 award. TrustPort, who typically does well, on Virus Bulletin’s RAP test, failed as well. Trend Micro has been a no show for years. Symantec Norton has been a no show for the last several tests. The usual freemium suspects, including Symantec’s PC Tools subsidiary, all participated.
Results from this should be looked at in conjunction with tests from other test groups such as www.av-test.org and www.av-comparatives.org . Also, keep in mind it’s not how the company has performed on the VB100 test over years, it’s only the last couple of years that are relevant.
VB100 Test Methodology
The purpose of the VB100 comparative is to provide insight into the relative performance of the solutions taking part in the tests, covering as wide a range of areas as possible within the limitations of time and available resources. More details are available at
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