Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Virus Bulletin RAP Averages Quadrant, February 2012 through August 2012

Virus Bulletin has released their latest RAP Averages Quadrant, representing February 2012 through August 2012.

The Top 10 (some eyeballing necessary):

  1. Coranti (a clear first among the top 10)
  2. Huari (a clear second among the top 10)
  3. Tencent
  4. Lavasoft
  5. BitDefender
  6. G Data
  7. Avira Pro
  8. TrustPort
  9. Emisoft
  10. Avira Free

These products scored above 90% on Reactive and above 80% on Proactive Detection.  Auslogics, BullGuard, and ESTSoft dropped out of the top ten in the latest test. BullGuard came close, however.

The Top 10 in the From the October 2011 through April 2012 Report

  1. Coranti
  2. Coranti Cora
  3. Auslogics
  4. TrustPort
  5. G Data
  6. BullGuard
  7. Avira Pro
  8. ESTSoft
  9. Tencent
  10. Avira Free 

The bottom six in the latest test from “highest” to” lowest”.    Commtouch, Frisk, Quick Heal, Iolo, Total Defense Business, and UN Threat.  Iolo had the worst Reactive detection at 62% and  Un Threat the worst Proactive Detection  at 40%. Neither Trend Micro nor Symantec were part of the test. 

This provides some more useful information in evaluating the relative strengths of the products.  It obviously wins out over the wisdom of Facebook fans clicking on like!  The relative performance   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.

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