Sunday, April 20, 2014

When Being an “A” Company Rates a “D”. AV-Comparatives Releases “File Detection Test of Malicious Software” Report

Not a stellar performance by three firms beginning with A in AV-Comparatives March “File Detection Test of Malicious Software.”  Avast – 20th, missing 2.3% of the samples.  AVG Technologies – 21st, misses 2.5% of the samples, and AhnLab 22nd, missing 11% of the samples.  Baidu broke the A’s stranglehold on the bottom by leading all companies with 111 false positives, followed by Avast with 95.

Sixteen products did receive AV-Comparatives’ three star designation, led by Kaspersky, F-Secure, and eScan, respectively.  Avira, another A company, also received three stars. 

AV-Comparatives takes care to point out that for this test, “Although very important, the file detection rate of a product is only one aspect of a complete anti-virus product.  AV-Comparatives also   provides a whole-product dynamic “real-world” protection test, as well as other test reports that cover different aspects/features of the products”.
The “Whole Product Dynamic Real World Detection" and “File Detection Test of Malicious Software”  tests   are both   available on the AV-Comparatives web site,

One interesting thing about the products tested in this report is that nine of the engines under the hood in testing were licensed from two companies, BitDefender and Avira.  Details are available in the report.  BitDefender  has an overall detection rate of 99.5%.

About AV-Comparatives

AV-Comparatives is an independent not-for-profit organization offering systematic testing that checks whether security software, such as PC/Mac-based antivirus products and mobile security solutions, lives up to its promises.  Using one of the largest sample collections worldwide, it creates a real-world environment for truly accurate testing. 

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