Wednesday, February 04, 2015

Av-Comparatives Summary Report – 2014

For those who haven’t made a habit of downloading and looking at the many test reports  test group AV-Comparatives publishes, their AV-Comparatives Summary Report of anti-virus products has been released.  Some of the products in the test were the company’s internet security offerings. The report lists the winners in a number of categories:

  • Overall winner
  • Top rated products
  • Real world protection test
  • File detection
  • False positives
  • Overall performance 
  • Proactive (heuristic/behaviors)
  • Malware removal

Congratulations to BitDefender for being product of the year, receiving 3 stars in all the tests! Two other companies achieved this level with their products, Kaspersky, and Eset.

Most of the products tested were “paid” versions, products from Panda, LavaSoft, and Avast being the exceptions.  Among these three, Panda was the “winner”, finishing twelfth overall.  In alphabetical order, the bottom three companies were AhnLab, McAfee, and ThreatTrack Vipre.

This 151 page report also contains an extensive user interface review section of almost two dozen products.  One of the companies on the list even begins with an S.  Sorry. It’s not Symantec.  One of these days, they’ll step up and be tested.

The demise of anti-virus products and companies offering them  is vastly pre-mature.  The endpoint needs protection. The level of protection provided by these products is superior to that provided years ago, when heuristic technology wasn’t in many endpoint solutions, and there were no cloud solutions for the endpoint. Leave your laptop or tablet unprotected at your own risk!

This report demonstrates quite clearly that the market share leaders in the endpoint security space are not necessarily providing the best security nor performance.  Kaspersky, and Eset, are known in the industry but not as much to the public.  But you can buy them online and in some stores.  

BitDefender has an active and successful OEM program for their antimalware engine. Download and take a look at the AV-Comparatives Anti-Virus Comparative Report.  It’s free. And in 2015, do look at their other reports.  You can also go onto their site and view their results from their dynamic  Real World Test.   

About AV-Comparatives ( )

AV-Comparatives is an independent 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.  AV-Comparatives offers freely accessible results to individuals, news organizations and scientific institutions.  Currently, the  AV-Comparatives' Real-World Protection Test is the most comprehensive and complex test available when it comes to evaluating the real-life protection capabilities of antivirus software

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