Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Virus Bulletin VB100 Awards – December 2012

Virus Bulletin has released  the results of  their latest VB100 testing.  Many, but not all of the products tested were 2013 versions.    Symantec, Avira, Webroot (this makes one year) and Trend Micro (several years for Trend) were not part of the test.  Sophos, Kaspersky, Avast, AVG Technologies, and ESET were.

About a third of the products tested failed to receive a VB100 award this time.  A cone of shame to the following –  BeyondTrust, Commtouch, ESTsoft, FileMedic (formerly MKS) Filseclab, K7 Computing, Norman, Roboscan, Total Defense Consumer, VIRUSfighter Pro, and Zeobit.

A summary of the full  results is at the link below. Congratulations to those receiving the VB100.   You can  buy the full test results or subscribe to Virus Bulletin to obtain them. 

Results from this should be looked at in conjunction with tests from other test groups such as    and .  In addition,   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.   When looking at a company’s award page, verify which product was tested.

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

UK based Virus Bulletin started in 1989.  They provide PC users with a regular source of intelligence about computer viruses, their prevention, detection, and removal, and how to recover programs and data following an attack.  The Virus Bulletin website is at 

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