Monday, October 15, 2012

AV-Comparatives File Detection Test of Malicious Software – September 2012, Real World Protection Test

Addendum -  this is a link  more recent blog about a 2015 File Detection Test

AV-Comparatives ( ) has released their File Detection Test of Malicious Software – September 2012 report.  Twenty vendor antivirus (internet security) products were tested.  Ten products received the top rating of Advanced+, or three stars.  Congrats to these vendors!  The products tested were a combination of 2012 and 2013 releases.  They also published a pdf of their September Real World Detection Test. You can go online and view the test results for this  using a timeline you select.

The Top Five Products
  1. Avira
  2. Trend Micro
  3. F-Secure
  4. Kaspersky
  5. BitDefender
In the March test, the top five products were from G Data, Avira, Kaspersky, Sophos, and F-Secure.  Only two of top five from March remained in the top five for this test.

G Data and Avira had the highest total detection rates, at 99.9% and 99.8%, respectively.  What hurt G Data was its sixteenth place ranking in false positives.  Microsoft was the only company with zero false positives, while Webroot was the  laggard  with and two hundred ten (ouch!) false positives.  Webroot also missed the most samples.  The Hall of Shame award for the September test were AhnLab and Webroot, both receiving a “Tested” designation.

Avira wins the battle of the all twenty companies and the ­ big three freemium companies.  Avast wins the crown for Prague performance.  Gratulace! Trend Micro wins out ove r McAfee for Silicon Valley supremacy.  Symantec did not participate in the test.

To download the September “File Detection Test of Malicious Software” report, go to
There are multiple test organizations.  People should go to and  and look at their test results, as well.  When it comes to selecting a product, test results and reviews should win out over Facebook fan’s likes and web site popularity contests. 

Top 5 Products in the September Real World Protection Test
  1. Trend Micro
  2. F-Secure 
  3. G Data
  4. BitDefender
  5. Kaspersky
Trend Micro scored 100%.  The "what happened?"  awards go to PC Tools,  and Webroot, in twentieth and twenty-first, respectively. 

About AV-Comparatives
AV-Comparatives is an Austrian Non-Profit-Organization.  They provide independent Anti-Virus software tests free to the public.  Go to the AV-comparatives website for complete details about the organization, the many tests they perform, and to download copies of test reports.  A document detailing Testing Methodologies and FAQ’s is  at

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