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AV comparatives report for 02-09 released

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#1 MishY


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Posted 23 March 2009 - 10:55 AM

Seen many posts on AV recommendations here and this may help some decide what to get.....or reinforce the conviction of others they already own the best AV protection'

Was interested if anyone here has or used G Data antivirus and if it slowed down there system.
Rated #1 in detection but many FP's. I don't care about the FP's as much as the hit on performance this AV program might have on the computer.

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#2 demonluo


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Posted 25 March 2009 - 11:57 AM

if u don't care about overall(accuraccy of detection(F/P), update speed w accuraccy, quick scan speed w accuraccy, cpu,ram,hdd while scanning/not scanning) just detection then g-data, avira...

for me, i care about overall coz detection doesn't guarantee it can remove & F/P will also lead to the questioning of the remover of virus/ad/spy/malware capability especially if u r already infected(& sometime F/P can be as dangerous as malware)...

so detection w too many F/P is cheating imo & shall be punished by av-tester(which they finally do)...

Total detection rates*1:
1. G DATA 99.8%
2. AVIRA 99.7%
3. McAfee*2 99.1%
4. Symantec 98.7%
5. Avast 98.2%
6. BitDefender, eScan 98.0%
7. ESET 97.6%
8. Kaspersky, TrustPort 97.1%
9. F-Secure 93.4%
10. AVG 93.0%
11. Sophos 89.6%
12. Command 88.9%
13. Norman 87.8%
14. Microsoft 87.1%
15. Kingsoft 84.9%

SET B contains nearly 1.3 million malware samples. The used malware test-set consists of:
1 We estimate the remaining error margin for those detection rates to be around 0.4%
2 McAfee VirusScan Plus 13.3 comes with the "in-the-cloud" Artemis technology turned on by default. For some
users it may be important to know what the baseline minimum detection rate of McAfee would be, should the
Internet connection be not available. So we measured also the detection rate of McAfee with no Internet
connection. The McAfee detection rate without Internet connection was 95.2%.





*: those products got lower awards due false alarms
The Awards are not only based on detection rates - also False Positives found in our set of clean files
are considered. A product that is successful at detecting a high percentage of malware but suffers
from false alarms may not be necessarily better than a product which detects less malware but which
generates less FPs.
4 We suggest to consider products with same the award to be as good as the other products with same award.
5 McAfee without Artemis would have earned ADVANCED, please see comments on pages 5 and 10.

Edited by demonluo, 25 March 2009 - 11:58 AM.

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