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AV-Comparatives' IT Security Survey 2015


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#1 Sintharius

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Posted 24 March 2015 - 08:35 AM

This year's AV-Comparatives' IT Security Survey

Emsisoft's article on the survey report

Some interesting results in the survey:

Four most important aspects of security protection
  • Low impact on system resources
  • Good detection rate without using the cloud
  • Good proactive protection without using the cloud
  • Good malware removal and cleaning abilities
The number of free security software users has declined

The number of users who rely on free desktop security software has fallen this year to 35.9%. Around 5% do not use any security program, meaning that almost 60% of respondents pay for protection.

Internet security suites are believed to offer more protection than single antivirus products

Nearly two thirds (64.6%) of respondents indicated that they believe an internet security suite offers more security than the same vendor antivirus-only product. Most users prefer an upgraded version of a standard antivirus program, such as an extra firewall.

Users choose security products primarily based on good scores in independent tests/reviews

Nearly two thirds (70%) of users choose a security product based on Good scores in independent tests/reviews. Recommendations from online forums (10%) and friends and family members (7%) accounted for the remainder.

The last time your PC was infected and your security product failed you

A minor number of respondents (4.4%) stated their security product failed to protect their system over the course of a week. A majority (76%) of respondents stated that the last time their security product failed to protect their system was over six months ago or not at all.

The top most common anti-malware manufacturers and security products

In descending order: Kaspersky Lab, ESET, BitDefender, Avast, Avira, Symantec Norton, Qihoo 360, Panda, Microsoft, Emsisoft, AVG, F-Secure, McAfee, Trend Micro.

The top most used anti-malware products per continent

Europe: Kaspersky Lab, ESET, BitDefender, Avast, Avira, Panda, Symantec, Emsisoft, F-Secure, Microsoft, AVG, G-Data

North America: Kaspersky Lab, Symantec, BitDefender, ESET, Avast, Microsoft, Webroot, AVG, Avira, McAfee, Panda, Trend Micro

Asia: Qihoo 360, ESET, Kaspersky Lab, Avast, BitDefender, Avira, Microsoft, Tencent, AVG, Emsisoft, Panda, Trend Micro

South/Central America: ESET, Kaspersky Lab, Avira, Panda, Avast, BitDefender, McAfee, AVG, Symantec, Trend Micro, Microsoft, Emsisoft

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Posted 24 March 2015 - 01:16 PM

While the information they provide may be interesting to read, as I have said before....these kinds of comparative testing results will vary depending on a variety of factors to include but not limited to who conducted the testing, what they were testing for (type of threats, attack vectors, exploits), what versions of anti-virus software was tested, what type of scanning engine was used, and the ability to clean or repair. There are no universally predefined set of standards or criteria for testing which means each test will yield different results. As such, you need to look for detailed information about how the tests were conducted, the procedures used, and data results.

Some of the testing criteria and standards may even be misleading.

...for some unknown reason...the renowned German test lab AV-TEST has quietly (there was no warning) modified its certification process. The changes mean that the certificates produced by the new rules are, to put it mildly, pretty useless for evaluating the merits of different AV products...With AV-TEST’s new certification standards, the onus is on the user to carefully investigate the actual results of each individual test…they may find that a product that blocked 99.9% of attacks has the same “certification” as a product that only blocked 55%.

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Posted 24 March 2015 - 01:26 PM

I wonder what they asked in this survey, quietman7... after all it's a survey and not really a "test".

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Posted 24 March 2015 - 01:49 PM

Surveys too can be misleading. Depending on how they are worded, the writer can achieve an expected result.

- Internet security suites are believed to offer more protection than single antivirus products.
- Qihoo 360 is listed as ranking higher than EAM.
- Users choose security products primarily based on good scores in independent tests/reviews.

Most likely the result of an oversampling of misinformed responders.

And since a majority of them indicated that they have a mobile (smart) phone...I am not surprised. Smart phones have become a substitute for critical thinking.
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Posted 24 March 2015 - 02:14 PM

To be honest quietman7, I'm not surprised why Qihoo 360 has a higher ranking than Emsisoft. A majority of their user base is in China (and other Asian countries to a lesser extent), and a lot of positive reviews like its triple engine and free product.

Do you think that this survey is biased?

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Posted 24 March 2015 - 04:10 PM

Biased would infer a deliberate attempt to sway the results...so no, I don't think so. The results are a reflection of the respondent's based on their level of knowledge.
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Posted 25 March 2015 - 09:47 AM

My opinion is that Qihoo 360 is highly ranked because (like you said), it's primary used in the Chinese market and other Asian countries. Since a lot of malware comes from this part of the world, combine that with a huge database and the Qihoo researchers are probably discovering new malware and variants everyday at an incredible rythm. Also the triple-engine feature is interesting, but maybe a bit less if you're running a computer with low specs. Also, I'm not surprised to see the top Antivirus products used by continent/region of the world. It matches pretty much every of them.

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Posted 25 March 2015 - 11:36 AM

Just because a large number of people in particular region rate a particular product high does not equate to its actual effectiveness.
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Posted 25 March 2015 - 11:48 AM

That's why forums like Bleeping Computer exists, quietman7 :)

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Posted 25 March 2015 - 11:53 AM

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Posted 25 March 2015 - 12:00 PM

Just because a large number of people in particular region rate a particular product high does not equate to its actual effectiveness.


I know that, but it can affect the ranking and also the detection rates like we saw here :P

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Posted 25 March 2015 - 12:04 PM

The affect is skewed results.
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Posted 07 May 2015 - 06:44 AM



Tencent and qihoo have been barred now:

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/05/06/antivirus_testers_strip_tencent_of_rankings_after_tweaks_put_users_at_risk/
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/05/01/cheater_test_labs_out_av_vendor_for_using_rivals_engine/

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Posted 07 May 2015 - 06:56 AM

I wonder if Baidu is the next one on the list to get busted.

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Posted 07 May 2015 - 06:57 AM

The article sure makes it sound quite likely. I wouldn't be surprised, to be honest.

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